Beechjets first showed up on the radar in 1985, when the company purchased the design of the Diamond II executive jet from Mitsubishi. A year later, Beech announced production of the Beechjet 400, and finally the 400A in 1989. However, the Beechjet series, namely the 400, remains a strong and successful competitor in the entry-level business jet market.
Beechjet 400 receives its power from two Pratt and Whitney of Canada JT15D-5/-5R engines. Each engine produces 2,900 lbs of thrust and has an inspection interval of 3,500 hours.
These engines, along with unique design features, allow the 400 to travel 11350 nautical miles at a speed of mach 0.73 with a maximum speed of Mach 0.76.
The 400 has been continuously redesigned, and has now evolved into Raytheon’s successful Hawker 400. Despite its age, the original iteration of the 400 still remains a strong contender in its class, and is ideal for corporate or individual travel.