Flashback to 1981

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"Torch" Lewis and the Lear Fan
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One of the autoclaves used to cure the Lear Fan's carbon fiber fuselage.
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The Lear Fan cockpit under construction. Avionics were state of the art for the day.
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Composite construction and distinctive configuration set the Lear Fan apart.
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It was the gearbox that proved to be the Lear Fan's Achille's heel. They never got it right.
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A brace of turboprops driving a single pusher propeller was the concept.
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Pratt & Whitney provided the 'reliable engines,' all right, but the configuration never worked out successfully.