Final Learjet rolls off the line in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - "It's fabulous, it's beautiful." That was the reaction Monday from the man buying the last Learjet to roll off the production line in Wichita. Northern Jet Management was the recipient of today's delivery. It's the 24th Learjet Northern has ordered.
Also sharing in the moment were current and former workers who have built jets in Lear's nearly 60 year history in Wichita. It's a legacy that began when the first Learjet was delivered in 1963. Since then, more than 3,000 jets have been built in Wichita. Local workers said they realized they were building planes the world's elite had to have. "We used to have movie stars coming from all over and touring the plant. And, they wanted to sit in the cockpit and feel like they were part of it," said Donald Grommesh.
While production of Learjets is ending, the Wichita plant will remain open and focus on servicing the fleet. Parent company Bombardier will focus on larger jets it builds in Canada.