More than 3,000 Learjets have been built since 1964. Learjet was one of the first companies to manufacture a private, luxury aircraft. Over the years the name of the company building the jets has changed several times but the aircraft has always been one of the most recognizable in the skies and a benchmark for business jets subsequently developed and built. Since the original Learjet 23, a six or eight seat variant sharing the same engines as the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter and T-38 Talon, engine, wing, and fuselage refinements have yielded no less than 14 models. Thanks to YouTubers Documentary Nation for uploading this excellent profile of the Learjet factory.
Learjet has been building their jets in Wichita, Kansas ever since their first jet rolled off the assembly line. The United States Air Force (USAF) flies Learjet 35As designated as C-21A. Learjets have appeared in feature films such as Universal’s 2008 film Frost/Nixon, Universal’s Airport 1975 (1974), Paramount’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), ITC’s Capricorn One (1977), Universal’s Dragnet (1987), Columbia’s S.W.A.T. (2003), and many more.
Famous Learjet distributor and owner Clay Lacy has used Learjets and the revolutionary Astrovision camera system to film well-known and often-seen air-to-air aviation sequences for decades.