The Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research recently performed tests for the new Learjet 85 midsize business jet.
In May, Bombardier conducted low-speed testing at NIAR for the Learjet 85 aircraft with an 11% model.
Designed to provide a larger cabin than any existing midsize bizjet, the Learjet 85 will offer eight passengers a stand-up cabin. Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, the clean-sheet Learjet 85 targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles.
The Beech Wind Tunnel is a state-of-the-art low speed wind tunnel with a 7x10x12 foot test section capable of reaching speeds of up to 240 mph. The tunnel is equipped with a high-performance under-floor external balance, internal balances, real-time data acquisition software, an active heat exchanger, sting mount and flow visualization options.
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