The Lockheed JetStar was first flown on the 4th of September 1957 in response to a USAF requirement. Designed by Kelly Johnson (according to user jetstar on airliners.net, a former pilot of the plane), it had 4 engines and was the first dedicated business jet to enter service. It was also eventually used by the USAF as the C-140 JetStar.
The original plane as shown above had only 2 engines, but due to problems with building the Bristol-Siddeley Orpheus turbojets which the prototype had, they were eventually switched out for 4 P&W JT12 turbojets as no other engine available in the US at the time would have enough power AND fit in the nacelles.
I hope you’ve at least learnt more about this amazing plane even if you don’t want any more GA aircraft (but why wouldn’t you?)
Have a great day!
Thanks for this - a beautifully written feature request - a rarity!
Yes definitely! This was the world’s first Business Jet! This plane has gone down in history!!!
Nice request! Like a mini VC-10!
More lockheed planes would be better
Oh my, do I love this plane!
So it had four engines like a Il62?
Yeah it does. Although this plane is a lot shorter.
Thanks, I do like to think that even if you may not support adding the plane I’m writing about, at least maybe you learnt something about it!
The production JetStar and JetStar II had 4 engines.
This needs to be bumped. This plane is really cool. As far as I know, this is the only commercially made aircraft which had 4 engines mounted on the fuselage.
Not only that, but this plane was also featured in the Bond movie Goldfinger as Auric Goldfinger’s private jet.
here is a pic of the plane I am referring to.
Edit: I found a better pic
If I remember correctly, it was the only biz jet with 4 engines mounted on the fuelsage. Other planes with the 4 engine layout include the Il-62 as mentioned above, and the VC-10.
I wouldn’t call this a business jet I would call this a antique
Either way, I think the Auric Goldfinger livery should definitely be included if this plane is ever added to IF. I mean, he is one of the most famous James Bond villains ever…
I just happened upon this features request, and really think its a good one!