Canadair CL-600 Challenger 600

  • CountryCanada
  • TypeMedium to long range widebody corporate jet
  • PowerplantsTwo 33.6kN (7500lb) Avco Lycoming ALF-502L turbofans.
  • PerformanceMax speed 904km/h (488kt), max cruising speed 890km/h (480kt), long range cruising speed 800km/h (432kt). Max operating altitude 45,000ft. Range with reserves (later build aircraft) 6300km (3402nm), or 5925km (3200nm) (earlier build aircraft).
  • WeightsEarly build aircraft - Operating empty 10,353kg (22,825lb), max takeoff 18,325kg (40,400lb). Later build aircraft - Empty 8369kg (18,450lb), operating empty 10,285kg (22,675lb), max takeoff 18,201kg (40,125lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 18.85m (61ft 10in), length 20.85m (68ft 5in), height 6.30m (20ft 8in). Wing area 41.8m2 (450sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two. Various customer seating options including 14, 15, 17 or 18 passenger configurations.
  • Production83 Challenger 600 were built between 1978 and 1983. Production of the Challenger continues as the 601, described separately.

The Canadair CL-600 Challenger had an agitated early history however structured the premise for what turned into an extremely effective business fly crew.

In 1976 Canadair bought the selective creation, improvement and promoting rights to an all new business plane created by Learjet architect Bill Lear. Known as the Learstar 600, this configuration was initially imagined in 1974. Eminent for its substantial size lodge, the Learstar guaranteed long go and great working commercial concerns and was additionally one of the first flying machine to be outlined with a supercritical wing. Lear at first arranged that the Learstar would be a trijet, yet the outline had advanced to turn into a twin when Canadair obtained the rights.

As the CL-600 Challenger, Canadair dispatched advancement of the Learstar outline on October 29 1976 with 53 firm requests. Canadair rolled out a little number of improvements to the outline including repositioning the level tailplane to the highest point of the balance instead of on the fuselage.

Three improvement Challengers were manufactured, the first of which flew shockingly on November 8 1978, the others flying in March and July the accompanying year. However the first air ship smashed in a profound stall mishap keeping in mind accreditation was allowed in August 1980, brief confinements constrained most extreme takeoff weight to 14,970kg (33,000lb) and greatest rate to 587km/h (317kt), with flight into known icing conditions and the utilization of push reversers denied.

A significant weight and drag diminishment system pared back the Challenger's weight, enhancing reach. The expansion of General Electric CF-34 turbofans as alternatives to the Challenger 601 (portrayed independently under Bombardier), further tended to execution setbacks and overcame issues with the ALF-502 turbofan.

One form that neglected to see the light of day was the Challenger 610e, which would have offered a fuselage stretch permitting seating for 24 travelers, however Canadair suspended advancement in 1981.

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