Embraer's foray into executive aviation is about to pass a significant milestone with the first flight of its Legacy 500 super midsize jet (above). Unlike the Legacy 600/650, which is derived from the ERJ 135 regional jet, the Legacy 500, and the Legacy 450, a shorter sibling also under development, are clean-sheet designs specifically intended for VIP service. The two new models will have 95% commonality sharing the same engines, wings, avionics, cabin cross section and most ...

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