National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Displays Learjet C-21A

. August 29, 2013

One of the U.S. Air Force’s first C-21A aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

One of the U.S. Air Force’s first Learjet C-21A aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 28, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

One of the U.S. Air Force’s first Learjet C-21A aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 28, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)


The Learjet (now Bombardier Aerospace) C-21A twin turbofan-engine aircraft was the military version of the Learjet 35A business jet. It provided airlift for eight passengers and more than 3,000 pounds of cargo, and it could transport one litter patient or five ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations. The small size of the aircraft allowed quick and cost effective travel.

This C-21A (S/N 84-0064) was one of the first three of more than 80 aircraft delivered to the Air Force. It deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, C-21s delivered the Air Tasking Orders to units lacking the ability to receive these daily orders electronically. This aircraft was last assigned operationally to the North Dakota Air National Guard.

The aircraft will be initially displayed at the end of the museum’s Southeast Asia War Gallery this fall. More information about the aircraft is available at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=20966.

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