“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
There’s a new Eclipse jet in the sky, and it may just be the one everyone wanted in the first place. It’s called the EA-550, from Eclipse Aerospace, and it might be hard to distinguish from the original EA-500, but make no mistake, it’s a whole new airplane. It still has the same good looks and tip tanks that evoke memories of the early Learjets, but there’s one thing that jumps out, and that’s its size. Even compared to the early Lears, there’s no getting around it—the Eclipse jet is small. It takes up about the same space as a Beech Baron, yet it’s a six-seat twin-engine jet. Sure, it may be the smallest business jet around, but the story behind it is huge, and to fully appreciate the EA-550, you have to know something about its past.