Bombardier Challenger 605 History
Interestingly enough Canadair started out in 1911 as a subsidiary of a British shipbuilding company named Vickers Sons and Maxim. In the beginning they were known as Canadian Vickers and established to contract with the Royal Canadian Navy to build large ships, many that were used by the Canadian and British during World War I. Once World War I ended Canadian Vickers began designing and manufacturing flying boats for the Royal Canadian Police to patrol the numerous lakes contained in Canada. The demand for these aircraft increased so rapidly Vickers had to add an aircraft division to go with their shipbuilding division. When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941 they contracted Canadian Vickers to design the amphibious aircraft known as the PBY-5’s. Because of the huge influx of contract received to manufacture ships and the PBY-5’s Canadian Vickers informed the Canadian, British and American governments that it couldn’t continue to manufacture ships and aircraft at the same time so it was going to stop manufacturing aircraft. All three governments could not lose the aircraft production so a new company separate from Canadian Vickers was formed in October of 1944 and was called Canadair. Canadair was purchased by the U.S. Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat Company in 1947, changing its name to General Dynamics in 1952. During the 1950’s Canadair designed and manufactured the F-86 Sabre Jet. Canadair built close to 2,000 of these aircraft for the Canadian, British and American Air Forces during its 10 year production run. General Dynamics sold Canadair to the Canadian government in 1976 after defense and military contracts slowed down. Canadair was eventually sold by the Canadian government to Bombardier in 1986. After acquiring Canadair, Bombardier acquired the Ireland based Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing company in 1989.This was followed in 1990 by the acquisition of the Learjet Company and finally the de Havilland Aircraft Company in 1992. The Challenger 600 series of aircraft originated in 1976 from a concept that the founder of Learjet, Bill Lear, presented to Canadair called the LearStar 600. Canadair was the original builder of the Challenger series of aircraft before Bombardier purchased Canadair.
Challenger 605 History
The Challenger 605 was introduced in 2005 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, FL. It is similar to the CL604 but will feature the Rockwell Collins Pro-Line 21 avionics suite and a redesigned cabin. The Challenger 605 made its first flight on January 22, 2006.
Max Range At Long Range Cruise
Seats Full Range: 3,756 NM
Manufacturer: General Electric
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