WICHITA, Kan It was a morning of celebration at Bombardier Aerospace, as the company’s Learjet 85 made its first flight.
Taking off from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, the new business jet took off into a crisp morning sky, its already-airborne chase plane falling quickly in tow. Meanwhile, groups of Bombardier employees and their families gathered along Tyler Road to catch a glimpse cheered their approval.
The flight comes after a series of delays to the Learjet 85 program and its first flight. However, today's flight signals an important milestone for an aircraft that has greatly changed the company’s local footprint.
Bombardier Aerospace posted a video about the flight on YouTube Wednesday night. In the video, President and COO Guy Lachey told workers in a Wichita hangar the Learjet 85 was "a labor of love for many years."
The video indicated the plane's first flight lasted two hours, 15 minutes. It was tested at 30,000 feet, flying at 250 knots.