In the mid-1990s, Raytheon Aircraft’s Roy Norris was fond of saying the $5 million composite fuselage RA 390 Premier light jet would have a cabin cross section “embarrassingly close” to that of an $8 million midsize aircraft. Indeed, headroom is only 3 in. less that of Citation Excel and the cabin is nearly as wide.  The development program suffered repeated delays. Initial entry into service was delayed until 2001. And then, the aircraft fell short of customer ...

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