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Maverick Air TwinJet

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Bob Bornhofen was retired when he got into the aviation business, and had no aviation background. He wondered why he couldn't buy a personal jet, and in 1998 he decided to create one. Bornhofen has been funding much of the project out of his own pocket.
 
To be marketed as a kit, the Twinjet has a pre-preg eglass composite airframe with carbon fiber control surfaces and empennage.
 
The TwinJet was not certified because it uses two converted surplus GE-T58 military helicopter engines (overhauled and zero-timed).
 
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The TwinJet was designed in anticipation of the FJX-2 engine, which was being developed under the General Aviation Propulsion program. The FJX-2 was going to be a new generation turbofan engine producing 700-800 pounds of thrust.
When delays occurred for that engine, Bob Bornhofen elected to use the T58 engines so he wouldn't slow the TwinJet development.
 
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The first prototype was flight tested to about 370 knots during a series of tests to determine if the aircraft had any major certification-related problems.
 
Engines: 2 x GE-T58 turbojet
Wing span: 10,21 m (33 ft 6 in)
Wing span, tip tanks: 10,52 m (34.5 feet)
Lenth overall: 8,69 m (28 ft 6 in)
Height overall: 2,74 m (9 ft 0 in)
Empty weight: 2,600 lb
MAUW: 5,100 lb
Fuel capacity: 270 USgallon
Optional fuel: 320 US gallon
Max speed 30,000 ft: 480 mph
Cruise speed 30,000 ft: 400 mph
Single-engine cruise speed 30,000 ft: 230 mph
Initial rate of climb: 3,500 fpm
Single-engine climb rate: 1,000 fpm
Stall at 5,100 lb: 90 mph
Range standard fuel: 1,000 miles
Range optional fuel: 1,300 miles
 
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Maverick-1
 
Serial number: 1, Prototype N750TJ.
First flight 4 august 1999.
Public debut at EAA Air venture, Oskosh, August 2000.
Destroyed on Jan. 24, 2003 in Melbourne, Florida
 
 
Maverick-2
 
Serial number: 2, N411KT
Owned by Mike Seavall (Longmont, Colorado).
It was built from a Maverick Air's kit. Two years were spent to build it.
 
 
Maverick-3
 
Serial number: 3 N699VA
Professionaly built in 2003.
Fitted with 2 T850 engines
 
 
 
 
 
 


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