Built in 1966 as a Learjet 24A, our plane was destined for science rather than corporate service. It was delivered as N705NA to NASA at Moffett Field in California and put into use as a groundbreaking airborne astronomy aircraft, using powerful 12” telescopes to study space from high altitudes. The Learjet Airborne Observatory led to the development of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which have been used to perform research using infrared light, including studying atmospheric conditions on other planets, distant solar systems, and black holes.
In 1998, our plane was re-registered as N805NA and served as a flight research support aircraft at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. Its career with NASA came to a halt on June 7, 2001 when it was damaged while performing touch-and-go landings. Although retired, its legacy as a notable aircraft in NASA’s fleet remains true today. In 2023, MotoArt brought N805NA out of the boneyard and created PlaneTags.
Celebrate N805NA and the contributions this aircraft made in uncovering the mysteries of space. Add Gates Learjet 24A PlaneTags to your collection today. Give one to your favorite space buff or Learjet enthusiast.