Hawker 125 reaches 50 year milestone


The first Hawker Siddeley DH125 Jet Dragon made its maiden flight on 13 August 1962

Hawker Beechcraft announced this year marks the 50th anniversary of its Hawker 125 midsize business jet series. The Hawker 125 – one of the world’s first business jets – completed its maiden flight on 13 August 1962, in the form of the Hawker Siddeley DH125 Jet Dragon and the first delivery took place nearly two years later on 10 September 1964. Nearly 1,700 Hawker 125-series aircraft have been produced throughout the last 50 years.

“The Hawker 125 series is one of the most iconic business aircraft in the industry and we are proud to be celebrating such a momentous milestone in the program’s history,” said Ron Gunnarson, vice president, Hawker Marketing. “Its unique design allows for travelers to fly with absolute freedom, negating the need presented by some aircraft to sacrifice fuel, number of passengers or baggage when embarking on a flight. This, coupled with the 125 series’ renowned range, speed and comfort, makes it easy to see why the series has enjoyed so much success for five decades.”

Today, the series is represented in the company’s lineup as the Hawker 900XP.

“Due to these features, it’s no wonder the 900XP continues to lead the midsize jet market,” Gunnarson said. “In 2011, the Hawker 900XP captured 34 percent of worldwide sales, more than any other aircraft in the segment.” 

The company will hold a series of special flights and activities to mark this milestone occasion, including a gala reception on 13 August 2012 at the London Science Museum in Kensington.