Learjet 60

The Learjet 60 is manufactured by Bombardier in Wichita, KS, and it gets its power from twin Pratt & Whitney 305A engines that make 4600 pounds of thrust. The maker says that the range is 2405 nm, with a 100 nm reservce. It can carry four passengers and two crew members at that range; it cannot fly across the ocean from the US except the Atlantic from the British Isles to Newfoundland. The current production model, the 60XR, costs a little over $13.3 million. The Learjet 60 offers improvements over the Learjet 55; namely a more powerful engine and a longer fuselage. Its first flight was in 1991 and it received its FAA certificate in the beginning of 1993.

In converting the 55 into a 60, the aerodynamics were improved and its capabilities were increased. There were several other modifications, some of which were new for Learjet, such as the wing to body fairing. Also, a wing cuff improves handling om approach. The engines for the 60 were new, so the engine pylon had to be reworked. The cockpit's lines haven't changed, but the fuselage is new, and the 60 is also noted for its climbing performance up to 41,000 feet. It's the last of the Legacy Learjets; the next generation is the 85, slated to be delivered in 2013.