Business Aviation News 50 Years Ago

A selection of stories that appeared in Business & Commercial Aviation magazine in September 1964.

A turbojet version of the Gulfstream has been proposed “on paper” by a team of Grumman engineers and marketing types. The airplane would be priced in the $2 million neighborhood.







Hawker Siddley’s DH 125 executive jet began FAA certification tests in England in mid-August and is expected to receive approval early in September. The airplane has already passed British Air Review Board tests. The Series 1A model has been on U.S. tour, but the version to be sold in the U.S. is the “1B” with 3,120-lb. thrust Viper 521 turbojets.

The size of the Fan Jet Falcon can be gaged against that of the six Dassault engineers and test pilots lined up in front of the airplane. Wing fences restrict span-wise flow of air over the wing. Decision to use fences depends on results of the flight tests.







The twinjet executive HFB 320 Hansa, now in flight test, is aimed at corporate and executive operators. Two GE CJ610-1 engines rated at 2,850-lb. thrust each are mounted on the aft fuselage. Test pilot Loren W. Davis has climbed the airplane to 20,000 ft. in just over 6 min. at 16,000-lb. takeoff weight.

The pressurized Super Ventura just purchased by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., has a newly constructed fuselage and meets fail-safe 4b specs, Business Aircraft Corp. says. Now called the BA 400, the airplane is FAA approved. Formerly made by Howard Aero, Inc., the airplane is now built by Business Aircraft in San Antonio, Texas. 

The 1965 Skynight combines turbocharged performance with new styling, both inside and out. A key change is the long cabin with more baggage area, and easier access to the powerplant for maintenance. The cabin has been extended from 132 in. to 147 in. long, resulting in 4 cu. ft. more space inside. The 263-mph turbocharged light twin lists at $79,500.

A "Big Bargain" in a window air conditioner - you get what yoy pay for, an inescapable fact of life. Of course, Southwest is talking about engine overhauls. 

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