Learjet 55

Learjet 55 & 60

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The Learjet 55 and its follow on successor, the Learjet 60, are the largest members of the Learjet family, and date back to development work undertaken in the late 1970s.

In designing the 55, Learjet (or Gates Learjet as the company was then known) took the wing of the earlier Longhorn 28/29 series and married it to an all new larger 10 seat fuselage. The original Model 55 Longhorn prototype first flew on November 15 1979. The first production aircraft meanwhile flew on August 11 1980, with the first delivered in late April 1981 (after FAA certification was granted in March that year).

Development of the 55 led to a number of sub variants, including the 55B which introduced a digital flightdeck, modified wings, improved interior, and most importantly, the previous optional higher takeoff weights becoming standard. The 55C introduced `Delta Fins’ which gave a number of performance and handling advantages, the 55C/ER is an extended range version with additional fuel in the tail cone (the additional tank can be retrofitted to earlier aircraft), while the 55C/LR introduced more fuel capacity.

The improved Learjet 60 first flew in its basic definitive form in June 1991 (the modified Learjet 55 prototype earlier served as a proof of concept aircraft for the 60 with Garrett engines). It differs from the 55 in having a 1.09m (43in) fuselage stretch and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305 turbofans. Certification of the 60 was awarded in January 1993, with first deliveries following shortly afterwards.

The midsize Learjet 60 XR business jet entered service on July 30, 2007 with Cloud Nine Aviation, of Los Angeles, CA. The program milestone was highlighted with an employee delivery ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas.

All the new features available aboard the Learjet 60 XR jet are present in this first aircraft, including a state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and a redesigned interior focused on maximizing comfort and functionality in the aircraft’s stand-up cabin.

 

Home airport:
Aircraft Type

NBAA Range NM

Cruise Speed

DOC’s per hour

Seating

Cabin H

Cabin W

Cabin L

Learjet 55

2780

455

7

Learjet 55C

2397

455

$2070

7

Learjet 60

2409

447

8

Learjet 60XR

2418

466

$1586

8

Powerplants
55 – Two 16.5kN (3700lb) Garrett TFE7313A2B turbofans.

60 – Two 20.5kN (4600lb) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A turbofans.

Performance
55C – Max speed 884km/h (477kt), max cruising speed 843km/h (455kt), economical cruising speed 778km/h (420kt). Service ceiling 51,000ft. Range with two crew, four passengers and reserves 4442km (2397nm) for 55C/LR.

60 – High cruising speed 839km/h (453kt), normal cruising speed 828km/h (447kt), long range cruising speed 778km/h (420kt). Max certificated altitude 51,000ft. Range with two crew, four passengers and IFR reserves 4461km (2409nm).

Weights
55C – Empty 5832kg (12,858lb), operating empty 6013kg (13,258lb), max takeoff 9525-9752kg (21,000-21,500lb).

60 – Empty 6282kg (13,850lb), basic operating empty 6641kg (14,640lb), max takeoff 10,659kg (23,500lb).

Dimensions
55 & 60 – Wing span 13.34m (43ft 9in), length 16.79m (55ft 1in), height 4.47m (14ft 8in). Wing area 24.6m2 (264.5sq ft).

Capacity
55 – Flightcrew of two. Six different main cabin arrangements offered with seating ranging from four to eight.

60 – Flightcrew of two. Optional seating arrangements for six to nine passengers.

Information gathered from various internet sources. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure accuracy and veracity of sources. However, this information should not be used for flight planning or official purposes.

BusinessJet.com — Business Jet Online Magazine

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