Lockheed Jetstar

Lockheed Jetstar Prototype

The Lockheed Jetstar was the first business jet.  A four-engined aircraft, with several engine models installed, the aircraft was in production from 1957 to 1979.  It entered service in early 1961.  The first two Jetstars were twin engined airplanes, powered by Bristol Siddeley Orpheus turbojet engines.  The second was refitted with the four Pratt & Whitney JT12 engines that  were installed on all the first Jetstars. Garrett TFE731 turbofans were installed on later airplanes.  A total of 204 Jetstars were built by Lockheed in several models.  Military versions flew four U.S. Presidents, carrying the Air Force One designation while they were aboard (some jokingly called it Air Force One Half.)

The Museum's Jetstar is the Prototype airplane.  It is both unique and historic in several ways.  Besides being the Prototype of the first business jet, it is the only twin-engined Jetstar.  It has single wheel main landing gears, instead of the normal duals, and a unique wing slipper fuel tank configuration.  It made it's first flight  4 Sept 1957, and like many of Kelly Johnson's Lockheed designs, this was only 241 days after project go-ahead.  Most importantly, this airplane became Kelly Johnson's personal airplane.  In it, he flew from Burbank to meetings in the Pentagon, or to supervise the activities of his many secret projects at Groom Lake in the famed "Area 51."

Kelly Johnson Jetstar
Kelly Johnson with his new Jetstar

Note the Lockheed on the fuselage and no slipper tanks.  The registration is N329J --  for Lockheed Model 1329, and "J" for Johnson.  That's why he's smiling!  Serial Number is 1001.  See here for "What's in a Name."

Jetstar    Click here to see the move from the British Columbia Institute of Technology

Jetstar    Click here to see some historic pictures from the Jetstar program

   Click here to see Test Pilot Ray Goudey's return visit to his airplane

Jetstar    Click here to see more photos of the Jetstar at the Restoration Center

   A Kelly Johnson Photo Album

   Kelly's Airplanes

Comments and more photos or information? - write me.

Major photographic and information contributions to this Jetstar section came from the personal collections of Museum of Flight Volunteer Jim Goodall, and Ray Goudey, Retired Lockheed Test Pilot, and Chief Pilot on the Jetstar.


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