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Lear, Sr. 1959 began the design of the Learjet.
This smallest Lear-Jet model's cab accommodates up to nine people, pilot included, and can be fully pressurised. Aeroplane has a spoiler for airspeed check on top of each aerofoil in front of the doors. October 7th 1963 the prototyp Modell 23, N801L, completed the maiden voyage of a Lear jet.
Originally this aircraft lasted 194 hrs during 167 individual missions until it was demolished after a test mission in June 1964. On March 5, 1964, the first 1 hr 30 minute 1 day 30 minute glider of the U802L made 135 day after the start of work. Lear Jets began setting formal record performances with the intercontinental flying of a Model 23 on 21 May 1965.
During this special mission, the John M. Conroy and Clay Lacy pilot with five observer aircraft travelled 5,005 mile from Los Angeles to New York and back in 11h36. Another model 23, flew by Henry Beaird and Ronald G. Puckett, with five other passengers on aboard, Wichita, left on December 14, 1965 to fly to a height of 40,000 ft in 7 min 21 seconds.
The first model 24, including the Lear Jet 150 series, flown around the globe between 23 and 26 May 1966, setting or breaking eighteen global airshows. From May 17 to 19, 1976, during the U.S. anniversary year, Arnold Palmer and James Bir flown a Model 36 from Denver, Colorado, to achieve a velocity track around the United States.
On a specially approved course, the duration of the course was 48 hrs. and 48 min. at an approximate cruising rate of 400 km/h. Neil Armstrong, who flew a Model 28 on February 19 and 20, 1979, established five global record for an airplane of this class: two for height reached, two for continuous operation at 51,000 ft, and one for the period up to high aloft.
Lear Jet Museum registry number 802L is the museum's second prototyping 23 series. Even though the flight time of this airplane came to an end, the original size of the windtunnel still worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The plane was then sent back to the Wichita plant in Kansas for repair.
The Gates Learjet Corporation handed over the plane to the museum on October 11, 1977.