Frank Sinatra’s favored private jet was used to film acrobatic aerial scenes in Top Gun featuring Tom Cruise. Here’s a look at the various Learjet models you can access via jet cards or private jet charter
Legendary Learjet may only be a bit player it today’s market for new private jets. Still, the private jets that were synonymous with Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s are plentiful in the on-demand charter market. They are also used by many category-based jet card providers. There’s also model-specific Lear options for fractional ownership and jet cards.
Founded in 1962 by Bill Lear, it has now been under the ownership of Bombardier since 1990. From celebrities of the day like Frank Sinatra to high-profile pilots like astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Learjet was the flagship of private jets for decades.
There is currently only one model in production, the Learjet 75 Liberty, an update of the Lear 45. In February 2021, it announced it was ending production of the type to focus on its Challenger and Global aircraft. The current Lear has a 4 ft., 11 in. cabin height, 5 ft., 1 in. cabin width, and cabin length of 19 ft., 10 in. The Lear 75 Liberty reduced manufacturer sticker price to $9.9 million from $13.5 million for its predecessor. Last year, Bombardier only delivered a dozen Lear 70/75 types.
Bombardier Lear private jet family
Lear 75 Liberty and Lear 75
Lear 60 and Lear 60XR
Lear 55, Lear 55B, and Lear 55C
Lear 45, Lear 45XR
Lear 40, Lear40XR
Lear 36, Lear 36A
Lear31, Lear 31A, Lear 31ER
Comparing Lear private jet models available in the fractional, lease, jet card, and on-demand charter markets