May were converted to the 24. Many of the large window 24s are "straight 24's", or converted 23s. It gave the airplane a higher gross weight and introduced a motive flow fuel system over the electric pumps in the 23.
|Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 1):|
Originally a military bird in the 50's, it wasn't till the 60's that the 23 flew in 1963 as a corporate jet.
Kinda. The wing came from a Swiss attack aircraft, the FFA P-16. As far as I know Bill Lear designed the fuselage around that wing and landing gear. The rest of the airplane was purpose built.
|Quoting tb727 (Reply 2):|
What a POS, I'm glad I'm done flying those things.
I will say that by the time the 24D and 25D's were out, they worked out most of the bugs and those were a little more enjoyable to be dispatched in, but still, not a fan of the Lear. Poorly designed and not thought out, not to mention Bill Lear would walk around the factory and change stuff in the middle of production.
Couldn't have said it better. You can tell where they had finished designing the thing, then realized they forgot something and added it in weird places. Always enjoyed having one fuel gauge, one fuel flow gauge, and the trunk tank was a gigantic pain in the ass. Not to mention the megaphone shaped cabin that projected all the engine noise to the cockpit.
I'm glad I flew the thing though. That airplane turns men into pilots.