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March 20, 2013

Rodeo Drive Takes to the Skies

By Chris Boyle

Learjet 85

Learjet 85

In celebration of Learjet’s 50th anniversary, Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance will welcome the revolutionary Learjet 85 aircraft as part of its annual Father’s Day tradition.

The Learjet 85 is designed by Bombardier Aerospace, the world’s largest business aviation manufacturer, and is available for fractional jet ownership exclusively through Flexjet. As the 2013 featured brand, Bombardier Aerospace and Flexjet will present a full-scale mock-up of the Learjet 85 aircraft as the centerpiece of the 200 block of Rodeo Drive.

The annual event features a wide variety of vintage and racing cars and motorcycles lining the famous street from Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard. This year’s theme is ‘The Jet Age’.

Designed from a clean sheet, the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft is the first Part 25 business jet built using composites in both the wings and the fuselage. Created according to owner preferences, the Learjet 85 aircraft features a spacious stand-up cabin, transcontinental range and powerful, low-emissions engines.

Rodeo Drive Concours Chairman Bruce Meyer stated, “We are excited to join Flexjet and Bombardier to honor Learjet’s golden anniversary. The Jet Age marked a time when carmakers from post World War II through to the arrival of the super sonic Concorde in the ’70s redesigned their automobiles to highlight the most extreme designs reflecting streamlining and speed!  We will display a thrilling exhibit reflecting these often outrageous designs.”

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