KAKE | Wichita, Kansas | News, Weather, & Sports

UPDATE: Learjet 85 makes its first flight

By: Wichita Business Journal Email
By: Wichita Business Journal Email
It was a morning of celebration at Bombardier Aerospace, as the company’s Learjet 85 made its first flight.

Wichita Business Journal

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 254548491 - kake.com/a?a=254548491