Bombardier Business Aircraft said that its Learjet 75 business jet set a world speed record in its class.
Bombardier said in a news release this week that the record was set on a round trip flight between New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 10 on the Wichita-built jet.
It was piloted by Ed Hillis and Jeff Triphahn, members of its flight operations demonstration team, and the flight was conducted on the 50th anniversary of Clay Lacy’s 1965 record-setting transcontinental round-trip flight in a Learjet 23.
Hillis and Triphan followed Lacy’s 4,946-mile route but in reverse, and beat Lacy’s flying time by 17 minutes.
They departed Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. at 8 a.m. Eastern and returned to the airport at 8:26 p.m., flying at a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.81.
The airplane made refueling stops at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport and Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.