Time To Climb: This photo illustrates the incredible performance that Learjets are famous for. To the far right is a flight timer that begins timing automatically when the wheels come off the ground. Note that it reads 14 minutes, while the altimeter reads 41,000’. That’s an average rate of climb of almost 2,900 feet per minute (factoring in our departure airport’s elevator of around 500’ MSL). While this is impressive, my personal record still stands at 12 minutes to 41,000’ in a Lear-24 back in the late 1990’s.
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