Rockwell Collins has sent its workhorse Sabreliner 50 business jet to what might be the world’s best retirement home, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore. The Sabreliner, a 1964 model, was the flying testbed for many key Rockwell Collins avionics products and logged about 8,000 hours and more than 5,000 landings since the Collins division of Rockwell International bought the jet in 1976. The job of flight-testing new Rockwell Collins systems falls on the shoulders of the company’s Challenger 601.
Rockwell Collins last month began operating as a stand-alone company following its successful spin-off on June 29 from former parent Rockwell International, now renamed Rockwell Automation.
“To understand why Midcoast Aviation’s Perryville, Mo. operation is such a strong force in the Learjet MRO sector requires an understanding of our history,” Ron Herman, vice president of operations for Midcoast Aviation Perryville, told AIN. “Today’s operation is built upon the Sabreliner business that started here when Rockwell International was building Navy and Air Force T-39 trainer jets.”