By Angel MedFlight Contributor
It’s made flights across the Atlantic ocean — and has been towed meticulously through the streets of Scottsdale. It is medically configured for air medical transportation but can be quickly re-configured into a luxurious business charter aircraft. This is the Learjet 35, part of the fleet of Aviation West Charters dba. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance.
The Learjet 35 is a high-speed business jet, powered by two Garrett turbofan engines. Those engines are mounted toward the rear of the fuselage and can rocket the aircraft to speeds of around 500 miles per hour. It’s close to 49 feet long and has a wingspan of 39 and a-half feet. What helps distinguish the Lear 35 from other business jets are the wingtip fuel tanks. The Learjet made its first test flight in 1971 and started to roll off the assembly line in 1973.
Angel MedFlight’s Learjet 35 was produced in 1975 but has been totally restored and is full of avionics upgrades. Aviation West Charters Operations Director Brandon Kearns, says, “It’s a 1975, but don’t let that fool you. As far as the airplane’s condition, it’s one of a kind.” Kearns says the restoration of the aircraft included every single element. “Every single aspect of the airplane is brand new” and “it has the latest, greatest technology from the ground up.”
This beautiful airplane is workhorse when it comes to air ambulance service. It’s medically configured to serve as a flying hospital intensive care unit and comes complete with specialized equipment and medication, a custom stretcher and is able to deliver life-saving care around the world.
Because the Learjet 35 can cruise at higher altitudes, patients and their families fly with added comfort as the aircraft soars above most weather disturbances. Turbulence ahead? A business jet like the Lear 35 will climb over it.
Last January, Angel MedFlight showed off the fully restored Learjet 35 at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. To get it there, Aviation West Charters towed it through the streets of Scottsdale in the middle of the night. Remember when Space Shuttle Endeavour was towed through the streets of Los Angeles in 2012? Same idea but on a much smaller scale. The silver, black and burgundy bird rolled down the empty streets in the chilly desert air, with members of the AWC crew pulling back shrubs and tree limbs so they wouldn’t be clipped.
Once at the auction, the Lear 35 was a showstopper.
The Angel MedFlight Learjet 35 is a classic aircraft but completely modified with the latest in avionics, providing patients and their families the utmost in comfort and safety during an air ambulance transport.
*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).