May 2023

Swiss American Aviation becomes Lear Jet Industries

Embark on an extraordinary journey, tracing the transformation of Swiss American Aviation Corporation into Lear Jet Industries. Witness the audacious vision of Bill Lear, a man who dared to dream beyond the clouds and brought about a revolution in the realm of aviation. Despite facing bureaucratic challenges and cultural roadblocks in Switzerland, Lear persevered and relocated his operations to the United States, marking the beginning of a new era in aviation history. This blog post delves into the ambitious beginnings, major milestones, and key transformations that led to the creation of Lear Jet Model 23 Continental – an embodiment of Lear’s relentless pursuit of a high-class, jet-powered airplane.

The Tale of the Learjet’s Forgotten Swiss Roots

The Tale of the Learjet’s Forgotten Swiss Roots Flug- & Fahrzeugwerke Altenrhein FFA P-16 (S/N J-3003) Switzerland’s Forgotten Jet Fighter Era Switzerland, a country renowned for its precision and craftsmanship, once held the potential to become a major player in aviation history, particularly in the construction of fighter jets. It’s a chapter in history largely …

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Learjet’s Journey from a Father-Son Passion Project to a Global Aviation Icon

FFA P-16 (J-3005) Learjet’s Journey from a Father-Son Passion Project to a Global Aviation Icon Introduction In 1959, the visionary William Powell Lear set out to transform the world of business aviation by developing a jet-powered airplane for personal and corporate use. Fueled by the passion of a family deeply entrenched in aviation, the Learjet …

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