Wichita has turned out tens of thousands of planes over the years, but nothing the Air Capital of the World produced could match the aura of the Learjet.

"There's no denying that there's simply never been any business jet before, or since, that has had quite the cool status of a Learjet," said aviation historian Richard Harris.

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It’s the end of an era for one of Wichita’s most well-known aviation brands.

Production on the Learjet, the first mass-produced business jet, will end later this year. More than 3,000 Learjets have been sold since its first flight in 1963.

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Delivering a big defeat to Boeing, a U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that the aircraft giant was not harmed by competition from Canada's Bombardier.

The 4-0 decision by the independent International Trade Commission effectively blocks the Trump administration from slapping a 292 percent tariff on Bombardier products.

The U.S. Commerce Department ruled last year that the Canadian firm had unfairly received government subsidies and sold its C Series planes at artificially low prices in the United States. The trade panel disagreed.


Bombardier announced on Wednesday that it plans to cut approximately 7,000 jobs from its global workforce over the next two years, including jobs in Wichita.

The Montreal-based aircraft company says the job cuts will include production and non-production employees. At the same time, cuts are being made, the company plans to hire for other positions in growing areas of its business. Mark Masluch, with Bombardier, said the move is part of an effort to cut costs and increase operation efficiency.