NORTH AMERICAN SABRELINER
The civilian version of the Sabreliner is a mid-sized business jet developed by North American Aviation. The civilian version carries the model number NA-265. Later, North American merged with Rockwell under the name Rockwell International. In 1978 Rockwell contracted Raisbeck Engineering to design a supercritical wing, hence the Sabreliner 60SC with a 6 foot increase in wing span, fowler flaps, spoilers, removal of leading edge devices and a 12 kt reduction in approach speed. Over 800 Sabreliners were produced, of which 200 were Military T-39s.
The Sabreliner was offered to the U.S. Air Force as the T-39 in response to their Utility Trainer Experimental program. It was named “Sabreliner” due to the similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Sabre jet fighter. Military variants of the Sabreliner were used by the U.S Air Force, Navy and Marines.
Sabreliner sold its Sabreliner division to a private equity firm which formed the Sabreliner Corporation, the current support organization for the Sabreliner. The Sabreliner requires a minimum crew of two, and can carry up to ten passengers.
Sabreliner 60 with leading edge devices
Sabreliner 60SC with super critical wing
The Aero L-39 aircraft is a low-wing, all metal, turbofan powered, aircraft designed as a light attack and fighter trainer, including weapon delivery systems. Aero not only builds the L-39, but currently produces subassemblies for the Boeing-Sikorski S-76 Shadow and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as well as assemblies for Airbus Industries, the Boeing 767 and F-18 Super Hornet. The entire L-39 fleet, consisting of more than 2,800 aircraft delivered worldwide, has accumulated over 4,000,000 flying hours. The Patriots Jet Team owns and operates eight L-39 aircraft.