Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Storm the Capitol to Do Good Deeds." -- not James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, February 13, 2021

That Whirring Sound is Bill Lear, Spinning in his Grave

The Learjet, which became synonymous with lifestyles of the rich and famous, is about to fade into aviation history.

Canada’s Bombardier announced Thursday that it will stop production of the Learjet later this year to focus on more profitable planes.

Time was that every small jet was called a Learjet, just like all small airplanes are Piper Cubs, all revolvers were Colt Peacemakers and all autopistols are Glocks.

I think it's a boneheaded move. Learjet still has a lot of name recognition. On the other hand, Bombardier sounds like the guy sitting in the glass noise of a B-29.


re the paragon said...

Agreed. And the Learjet still looks sexier than any of the competition, like the Citation II. The Spitfire of private jets.

J4rh34d said...

It looked like a fighter jet because it was based on a Swiss fighter prototype, the P-16. Wings, tip-tanks, and landing gear were unchanged.

My dad flew in the "glass noise" of the B-29. His group was scheduled for Operation Coronet.

LRod said...

For years FL410 was an approved altitude for any direction of flight (functionally, not technically) as the only A/C up there were Learjets and it was just really hard to get them together. Probably not until the '70s did we regularly see anyone else up there.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired.

w3ski said...

Having been an avid skier in my younger days, Bombardier will always be close to my heart. They make a majority of snow-grooming machines for the US. Big old tracked wonders that take a mushy and rough ski hill and turn it into groomed carpet.
On a soggy day at Mt. Shasta, one of my favorite rides was following that groomer at a safe distance, back down the trail. Perfect untracked snow in its wake.
They aren't all bad.