The Model 55C/LR giving even-longer-range through the installation of a further 322-litre fuel cell behind the standard fuselage tank.
Typical configuration of this version is two crew and seven passengers. Around 150 Model 55 variants had been built by the end of 1990 and the version is to be superseded by the Learjet 60 during 1992.
The Learjet 55 is a 7-passenger small business jet first introduced in the late 1970s. This nifty jet can handle anything from short hops to medium-haul trips.
Its state-of-the-art navigation suite is among the safest and most reliable of any corporate jet, though the aircraft is also noted for its top speed of 480 mph and its 2,100-mile range.
Aside from the T-tail configuration and the engine nacelles mounted on the rear fuselage, the most distinguishing characteristic of the Learjet 55 is the vertical control surface found on each of its wingtips.
These “winglets” give this variant of the Learjet a somewhat unconventional appearance as well as the popular unofficial name of “Longhorn,” but they actually serve a very important purpose by reducing drag.
As a result, flying becomes much smoother and takeoff distances are reduced. These winglets proved to be so effective that they were also incorporated on all succeeding Learjet variants.
The 7 passengers can easily move around in the Learjet 55’s large and spacious stand-up cabin which can be configured for corporate travel with club seats and folding tables.