Lear Jet 23

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    Lear Jet 23

    N802L.; twin-engine pioneer business jet developed by William P. Lear; second Learjet, first production model built; two General Electric CJ 610-1 turbojet engines; low-wing, retractable landing gear design.

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    Lear Jet 23

    N802L.; twin-engine pioneer business jet developed by William P. Lear; second Learjet, first production model built; two General Electric CJ 610-1 turbojet engines; low-wing, retractable landing gear design.

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    Lear Jet 23 Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the Lear Jet 23.

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The first Lear Jets, the Model 23s, were the first products of the original Lear Jet Corporation for the new field of business and personal jet aviation. So significant was the design that for years "Lear Jet" was synonymous with "bizjet." William P. Lear Sr. initiated the Lear Jet's development in 1959. The aircraft drew upon the structural quality of the Swiss AFA P-16 strike-fighter and featured a fuselage that narrowed at each side where the wing and engine nacelles extended outward-a design concept known as area rule-to provide smooth airflow around the engines.

Successive Lear Jet models set many speed records. The Lear Jet line is now part of the Bombardier Aerospace family, which includes Challenger and Global Express aircraft. This is the second protoype Model 23 and was used as a test aircraft.