What does Aero Jet Medical Air Ambulance Authority have in common with The University of Texas? For one, both are Texas born and bred. Another thing they have in common is the beloved Longhorn. While the University uses the Longhorn as a highly recognizable mascot, AJM uses Longhorns to transport patients and their loved ones. No, AJM doesn’t use the legendary breed of cattle, but rather the legendary Bombardier Learjet 55 “Longhorn”. The original Model 55 Longhorn prototype first flew on November 15, 1979 and the first production aircraft flew on August 11, 1980.
After receiving its FAA certificate the first Lear 55 was delivered in late April 1981. The Lear 55 can fly at a maximum operating speed of mach .81. It is capable of a high speed cruise of 458 knots (about 525 mph), and a flight ceiling of 51,000 ft. With two pilots, four passengers and mandatory fuel reserves the Longhorn has a range of just over 2400nm (about 2700 miles). Sleek, rugged, and capable of the long haul: the Bombardier Longhorn lives up to the legacy of its namesake.