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Lear Fan 2100

A Lear Fan 2100 in flight
Manufacturer: LearAvia
Model: Lear Fan 2100
Year: 1980
Span: 11.9908m / 39ft
Length: 12.3688m / 41ft
Height: 3.70942m / 12ft
Empty Weight: 1859.76kg / 4,100lbs
Gross Weight: 3333.96kg / 7,350lbs
Maximum Speed: 683.825km/h
Cruise Speed: 518.098km/h / 322mph
Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney PT6B-35F turboshaft engines
Range: 2868.85km / 1,783miles
Serial Number: 1
Registration: N626BL

Two Lear Fans 2100 in flight


The Museum's Lear Fan 2100 on display in the Great Gallery

Lear Fan 2100

The Lear Fan 2100, a radical two-engine pusher prop-jet made almost entirely from composites, was Bill Lear's final project. When Lear died before his marvel of aviation technology became a reality, his widow, Moya, and Lear's employees honored his final wish to finish and fly the airplane. Only three Lear Fans were made, but the knowledge gained in composite technology has revolutionized the field of aviation.

The Museum's model, the prototype, made its maiden flight in January of 1981. As a testament to the efforts to complete the aircraft by its 1980 deadline, the British government, which helped fund the project, declared the Lear Fan's first flight date "December 32, 1980." Envelopes carried aboard on the flight were cancelled with this same date, and the U.S. Post Office honored the cancellation.

The Lear Fan is unique because its made almost entirely of graphite/epoxy and Kevlar composite materials. These composites make the Lear Fan strong at about half the weight of an aluminum airframe. The lighter Lear Fan is faster and more economical than conventionally made business jets and turboprops.