The name Learjet has always been synonymous with speed. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of aircraft pioneer Clay Lacy’s 1965 record-setting transcontinental speed run in a Learjet 23, Bombardier Aerospace set a new world speed record in the Learjet 75, flying round trip between New York and Los Angeles, following Lacy’s 4,946-mile (7,960-km) route, but in reverse.
The pilots beat Lacy’s flying time by 17 minutes, flying at Mach 0.81, setting a new transcontinental speed record.
Meanwhile, NetJets set two world speed records with its Bombardier Global 6000, flying from Aspen, Colo., to London in eight hours; and then from London round trip to/from Lugano, Switzerland, tackling the 962-nm flight in 2 hours 43 minutes. The first record-breaking flight took place October 20 and reached a maximum cruise of Mach 0.89. The second flight took place October 21, again at Mach 0.89.