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Lear Jet 24

Lear Jet 24

Bill Lear was an amazing inventor and engineer! Besides the Lear Jet, he also invented the first practical car radio, co-founded Motorola, developed a variety of aircraft radios and navigation equipment, and invented the 8-Track stereo cartridge system.

There were already a couple of business jets on the market when Lear decided to build one. He adapted some components from the design for a Swiss ground attack jet to create a relatively inexpensive business jet. The first Lear Jet (Model 23) was introduced in 1963. Lear Jet introduced this one (Model 24) in 1966. Although having a Lear Jet became THE status symbol for wealth and luxury, they are much more than toys for the rich and famous. For example, Many Lear Jets (including this one) were often used to transport patients with special medical needs for treatment in other cities, or to rush organs for transplant to recipients hundreds of miles away.

In 1967, on the advice of Denver’s Harry Combs, Charlie Gates bought the Lear Jet company, and soon Lear Jet became Gates LearJet. Harry Combs became president, and guided Gates LearJet for 12 years, overseeing the creation of larger, more capable LearJet models.

Our Lear Jet 24 was donated by Lynn Krogh of International Jet in 2006.

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: 35 ft 7 in (10.9 m)
Length: 43 ft 3 in (13.2 m)
Maximum speed: 545 mph (877 km/h)
Range: 1,700 miles (2,736 km)
Ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Carries two pilots and 4-6 passengers

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Mar 2
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

On the first Saturday of every month*, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators.

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Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

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Saturday Mar 9
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
Exploration of Flight

Lady Aviator Showcase

Lady Aviator Showcase
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for a showcase featuring female pilots and their airplanes!

Enjoy a delicious lunch from woman-owned and operated food truck Cazuelas Tacos de Fer (food purchases are not included in admission).

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Saturday Mar 9
10:00AM TO 11:30AM
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Teachers Only | Professional Development: Experimenting with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Teachers Only | Professional Development: Experimenting with Microsoft Flight Simulator
Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 | 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Teacher Workshop: Experimenting with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Teachers are invited to join us for this in-person workshop and learn a unique aerospace lesson to bring to your classroom!

Teachers will participate in our unique flight simulator lab. Practice basic flight techniques, learn aviation-related vocabulary and have fun exploring different locations around the world in a wide range of aircraft.

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