C-21 community celebrates ‘Year of the Lear’ with consolidation, avionics upgrades

458th Airlift Squadron pilots, Maj, Taylor Todd and Capt. Nicholas Parrish, discuss preflight procedures prior to a training flight at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois on Dec. 17, 2018. In 2019, the 458th AS celebrates 35 years of C-21 operations at Scott AFB. One by one, C-21s are being sent to Wichita, Kansas, to receive new avionics and communications suites that will expand the aircraft’s reach, effectiveness, and capability. The upgrades come in time to meet FAA’s 2020 equipment mandate to keep increasingly congested airspace safe.
After 35 years of C-21 operations, mobility Airmen are celebrating 2019 as “the Year of the Lear” with upgrades for the airframe and changes within the units that fly it. The C-21 is the military version of the Lear Jet 35A.


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