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Business Jet History

Updated on September 6, 2009

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Business Jet History

At the beginning of WWII the airplane industry saw its first true introductory to jet planes on August 27, 1939, the Heinkel He 178 flown by Erich Warsitz in Germany.

Although many people credit Germany for the first to develop the jet air plane, a British Royal Air Force officer name Frank Whittle is hailed as the father of jet propulsion. Has early has the 1930s Frank Whittle had sketched diagrams of jets.

Commercial airlines April 1948, after the end of World War II immediately realized the value of jets; frankly they were faster than the prop planes. All airplane travelers wanted a faster commute to their destination.

A reduced amount of time in the air means:

• Less time in the air, reducing the effect of time zone change, jetlag.

• Less nervous tension, for people who don't like to fly.

• Less airstream and engine sound, and extra time on the ground to take care of your company business.

In the middle of the 1960s the needs of the high class business traveler were addressed.

While the 1,832 mid size, narrow-body, three-engine Boeing 727 commercial jet airliner was being built in 1962-1984. The requirement of the mega -rich customers were being considered, result a small manufacturing bizjet/private jet industry was born.

The greatest demonstration of those design ambitions at the time was:

Lockheed L-1329 JetStar was the first dedicated business jet produced from the early 1960s through the 1970s. It was also one of the largest business jets to enter service for many years, seating 10 plus 2 crew.

Learjet established in the late 1950s by William Powell Lear Jr. as Swiss American Aviation Corporation is a producer of business jet aircraft for civilian and military use. A subsidiary of Bombardier, Learjet is now marketed as the "Bombardier Learjet Family".

1967 Gulfstream II built by Gulfstream Aerospace is a large twin engine business jet, it has a 2 man crew, and can seat up to 19 passengers. It has a range of 3715 nautical miles and cruises at speeds up to 505 knots.

Back in those days only the ultra rich could afford the hefty one million dollar price tag these hand built sky limousines were costing, I'm talking about people like J. Paul Getty's, and American oil-rich sheiks.

O.K. this is for you youngsters out there, from the 1940s until his death in 1976 J. Paul Getty was one of the richest men in the world his money came from oil. He was the first individual to crack the $1 billion dollar mark. You could say the Microsoft Bill Gates of the time.

Gulfstream's GII with powerful strong motors for extended travel, it has a classy interior like a room of an elegant hotel, but unlike a well-designed hotel room that has occupancy of two, it can comfortable accommodates twelve. The stylish custom continued to the mid-1980s and to date. The upgraded 1985 Gulfstream GIV weighed in at 74,600 lbs (33,900 kg) and had a range of 4,200 nautical miles.

During the 1990s the private jet interior grew more corporate and less hip, cool, stylish, and all the rage. Jets were developing into flying workplaces, and you know what, the functionality didn't decrease because the interior luxury was lowered.

Did I say the interior luxuries were lowered?

Satellite telephone, flat-panel video monitors, and many more functional amenities all found a place early-on in business jets, o.k. so they didn't take everything away.

Many private jet planes had sleeping accommodations, separated conference rooms, other conducive attribute for doing business around the clock and around the globe.

Working 35,000 feet in the air planning business strategies, having these tools is a must.

The business jet aircraft market mushroomed out as the millennium, (1,000 year), turned. Has the need for global travel expanded, larger jets were built to service those with the need for international travel, and lower production and operating cost were devised for smaller jets.

The executive models of the Boeing B757, has the same potential range as its money-making commercial airline counterpart, because it is powered by Rolls Royce engines. An obviously that is because it usually carries a lesser amount of passenger weight. These planes, the Global Express or Cessna Citation X and others like them, can travel more or less anywhere in the world non-stop, nice ha.

Looking for a small very light jet with lower production and operating cost? Then take a look at the new VLI small end models, like the Honda Jet or Express Aviation's E500, they have a great range - around 3,000 nautical miles - but at less than 10,000 pounds and carrying only six passengers.

The bizjets future looks even better.

Before you know it future average small groups of business people can structure limited ownership agreements to have a private jet at their disposal for brief business trips, and even available to take their family and friends on vacation specials and on the way read performing arts ebooks.


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    • CharterJetService profile image

      CharterJetService 8 years ago

      Gret information, private jets have aninteresting history and good to see someone writing about it.

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      Party Girl 9 years ago

      Interesting hub.