When most people refer to business jets, they call them “Lear Jets,” no matter what they really are. The name Lear Jet has become as iconic as “Kleenex,” or “Piper Cub.” Lear represents and entire class of executive jet aircraft. The Learjet 35 is one of the most common and sought after models of this brand name.
The Bombardier Lear 35 business jet is a staple of the charter aircraft business. The Lear 35 is classified as a Light Jet and is most suitable for short, quick flights. It cruises at 510 mph, and it remains among the fastest aircraft in the Light Jet category. Pilots love this airplane and passengers love its speed, economy and “wow” factor.
The distinctive Lear design with its straight wings and tip tanks, makes an impressive statement on the ramp or runway. Its instant recognizable lines that make it the iconic “Lear Jet” help both give charter and corporate operators a certain aviation panache.
The Learjet 35 and 36 were developed and designed to be stretched, turbofan-powered descendants to the largest of the original turbojet-powered Learjets, the Model 25. The Garrett AiResearch TFE731-powered aircraft, which were introduced in the mid-1970s, are among the most popular light business jets ever built, and hundreds remain in service today.
Lear originally planned to add the quieter and more fuel-efficient TFE731 turbofans to the Learjet 25 to create the Learjet 26. But, the engine change made it necessary to alter the airframe, …