February 11, 2014

Meet The Fleet – Learjet 35

Angel MedFlight owns, maintains and operates our own fleet of fast, modern jets, including Learjet 35s. We thought you might like to know a little more about this amazing aircraft. The 35 is an American-made light business jet. It’s used in general aviation and was selected by the military too. The U.S. Air Force designation for the 35 is the C-21A.

The 35’s cabin is 12.9 feet long, 4.9 feet wide and 4.3 feet high and has space for up to eight passengers. Have you ever wondered about those interesting “pods” on the wingtips? Those are the 35’s wingtip fuel tanks and probably the jets most distinguishing feature that sets it apart from other business jets.

Angel MedFlight’s 35 has an epic, custom paint job that makes it look fast even when parked on the ramp. But this beauty is more than just great looking. The 35 is powered by two Garrett TFE731 turbofans that are mounted to the fuselage. Those engines generate 3,500 pounds of thrust each, allowing the 35 to lift off with as little as 4,972 feet of runway, at sea level and can land in 2,550 feet. This means our 35 can get in and out of a lot of airports worldwide. The 35 cruises along comfortably at 451 ktas and has a service ceiling of 45,000 feet, allowing Angel MedFlight to fly patients in calm, smooth air.

One of the best features of the 35 is that it can travel 2,056 nautical miles nonstop! That’s a real advantage for Angel MedFlight. We have worldwide range capability, to fly our patients anywhere they need to go. Angel MedFlight has customized the 35’s cabin to be a flying Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is equipped with all the latest technology, including the capability to monitor patient’s medical data and send the information wirelessly to their physician and ground teams. The 35 is outfitted with a custom stretcher, ventilator, IV pump, heart monitor, medications and more. It’s truly an amazing array of modern medical equipment, all to provide our patients with the absolute best care possible and the ability to transport them in fastest way possible.

In 1996 a Lear 35-A, owned by Bill Daniels, the “father of cable television” and piloted by a crew of four, set a new “around-the-world” speed record, traveling 23,077 miles around the globe in 49 hours, 21 minutes and 8 seconds. This Learjet now hangs inside of the concourse at the Denver International Airport. All of us at Angel MedFlight appreciate our Learjet 35’s speed, comfort and range, just as much as our patients do. These LearJet 35's are exceptional for long distance air ambulance services and LearJets continue to improve over the years providing a superior product for its customers.