©Bombardier via CNN News
- whisk /wisk/
- forerunner /FOHR-ruhn-er/
- state-of-the-art /steyt-uhv-thee-ahrt/
- fall short /fawl shawrt/
- supremacy /suh-PREM-uh-see/
[verb] – to take something or someone somewhere else suddenly and quickly
Bela’s family whisked her to the countryside without even saying goodbye.
[noun] – an early, often less advanced model of something
We consider telephones as the forerunners of smartphones that we use today.
[adjective] – very modern and using the most recent ideas and methods
Did you see the latest movie? It has state-of-the-art computer graphics!
[idiom] – to not reach a desired amount or standard
According to sales, this year’s profit may fall short of 11%.
[noun] – the position of being the best
The soccer’s team supremacy cannot easily be beaten by any other.
The legendary jet was from a lineage of an experimental Swiss fighter jet. It was named after Bill Lear, an aviation and electronic pioneer. He also contributed to the music industry by developing the 8-track tape, the forerunner of cassette tapes. At the start of Learjet’s development, its state-of-the-art design was complimented due to its airplane cabin that provides a similar feeling as sitting in a comfortable family car. But this is where it falls short: the Learjet only had a 4’4″ (1.32 meters) cabin height. It may be sufficient in the 1960s but today’s generation demands larger ones. In comparison, Bombardier’s Global 7500/8000 aircraft boasts a 6’2″ (1.8 meters) cabin height. The Learjet was also capable of running a 2,000-mile range that people in the 1960s need to save time and hassle. But as the global economy evolved from the 1970s to the 1990s, so did business aviation. Latest jets travel more than 12 hours for over 6,000 miles.
The Learjet has a long way to go to catch up to modern jets, that much is clear. However, as the world changes, so does our way of travel. Although this legendary jet has officially ended its supremacy, let’s not forget what started the innovation in business travel: the Learjet itself.
- If Bombardier did not stop the production of the Learjet, would it catch up to current business aviation? Please share your thoughts.
- What other factors can airplanes and jets learn from the Learjet?
- Should old Learjet models be preserved by aviation organizations? Why or why not?
- What distinguishes a high-quality plane or business jet from a normal one?
- How has air travel impacted world travel?