Embraer Legacy 500 jet sets new speed records

Terry Spruce

The Embraer Legacy 500 jet aircraft has set two new world speed records for its class.

Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets said: “These new speed records reaffirm the Legacy 500’s superior performance and its suitability for transoceanic missions as well as coast-to-coast flights. The Legacy 500 is also setting new standards in comfort, technology, operational cost and reliability in the midsize class.”

“These new speed records reaffirm the Legacy 500’s superior performance and its suitability for transoceanic missions as well as coast-to-coast flights.”

The newest speed records were set on a trip from the west coast of the United States to Hawaii, with five passengers on board. The flight from Burbank to Kahului (Maui) covered 2,165 nm (4,010 km) in six hours, at an average ground speed of 422.25 mph (680 km/h), and the return flight to Phoenix achieved 525.97 mph (846 km/h), covering 2,470 nm (4,574) in five hours and 30 minutes.

In all six speed-record flights, the Legacy 500 completed the mission with NBAA IFR fuel reserves.

Recently, Embraer released a short video on their jets at NBAA in Las Vegas.

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