If you had a chance to use the services of small American airports, or you have a lot of experience flying in private jets of various corporations, you probably saw a jet Learjet or even fly it. I have a couple of times, too, had the opportunity, and the flight to the Learjet left the most pleasant memories. It is small, designed to carry 5-6 passengers and very high-speed aircraft. Inside it looks like a narrow tube with a fixed thereto jet engines.
I must admit, hop on Learjet is pretty strong, even heady feeling. But for me the most remarkable thing in it - is a fair time it saves. I flew on airlines are literally millions of kilometers and, unfortunately, accustomed to long pastime at airports to fuss with returning leased car to the expectations of transplants to the crush at the terminals and other endless delays. All of this can cause a feeling of the passenger nightmare. So, on the Learjet flight could easily cut travel time in half.
Father of this wonderful aircraft was Bill Lear. This inventor, pilot, businessman, owned more than 150 patents, including the autopilot on, the car radio and vosmidorozhechnuyu tape (all others it is simply impossible to list). Lear for his type of thinking is the pioneer, and in the 50 years he was able to see the potential benefits from the production of small jets for use in-house. It took him a few years to realize his dream into reality, and in 1963 a prototype jet Learjet first broke away from the runway, and in 1964, Bill Lear, directed his first production aircraft to the customer.
Lyra waited an immediate success and quickly sold many aircraft. But pretty soon after he launched mass production. Lear learned that two aircraft, which he released, crashed under mysterious circumstances. He was depressed and defeated. At that time, there were 55 privately owned aircraft grade Learjet, and Lear immediately sent an alert to all their holders with the requirement to deliver the planes belonging to them immobilized, while he and his team will not be able to establish what caused the accident. The idea that the possible loss of even more lives, for it was much more important than any harmful antireklamnaya hype that could give rise to such an action in the media.
Analyzing the unfortunate circumstances of flight, Lear seems to have found a potential cause, but it is on the ground could not test his hypothesis. There is only one sure way to find out whether he had diagnosed the cause of the trouble: he should try to recreate the situation personally - in the air.
It was a dangerous procedure, but Lear went on it. Sitting at the wheel of his jet, he deliberately almost lost control over it, and it almost suffered the same fate as the two dead pilots. But he managed to cope with the situation, he has successfully completed the test flight and was able to personally verify the fatal defect. As a result, Lear invented a new node to eliminate this problem and it has equipped all 55 aircraft, thereby eliminating the threat.
The ban on the aircraft in the air rise Lear cost dearly. In addition, the entire fleet of Learjet downtime in hangars planted in the minds of potential customers seeds of doubt. As a result, it took him a full two years to rebuild the business. But Lear never regretted my decision. To solve the mystery of the tragic accident, he was ready to stake their success, their well-being and even their lives - but not his integrity. And for that, you must have a strong character.
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