ACAM was fortunate enough to be able to acquire one of the Department of Transport’s Lockheed Jetstars, when the type was retired in 1985. Our aircraft, C-FDTF, was flown into Halifax International in 1985.
It remained parked in various locations around the airport until October of 1998, when it was moved to the Museum parking lot. It remained in outdoor storage until the spring of 1999, when it was moved inside to it’s current location in the back of the hanger.
The Jetstar is a very large aircraft, it is the largest reassembled aircraft in the Museum currently. For more information on how the Museum moved the Jetstar into the building see Redesign ’99
Our Jetstar was used as a personal transport for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau along with several other Prime Ministers, during it’s days in service. This Jetstar comfortably transports 8 passengers and 2 crew. It has it’s own built in galley, washroom and telephone. Other Jetstars were not quite as lavish, some were configured for high density seating and these could carry 14 passengers and did not have the luxury of the galley and telephone.
Unfortunately with changing noise regulations, the Jetstar fleet soon found that it could not operate under the new North American restrictions and the fleet was retired.
Lockheed produced 204 Jetstars in total between 1961 and 1980. The Jetstar was originally to have only 2 engines, but the licence production of the planned Orpheus engine fell through. Therefore, Lockheed choose to use 4 Pratt and Whitney JT12A-6 engines, configured in pairs on the rear of the fuselage, similar to the Caravelle Airliner. By placing the engines here, it reduced cabin noise. The engines are mounted in pairs similar to the BAe VC-10.
- Maximum Speed: 572 m.p.h. at 36,000 ft.
- Range: 2,215 miles with maximum payload
- Weight: Empty 19,260 lb.
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 41,912 lb
- Span: 53 ft 8 in.
- Length: 60ft 5 in.
- Height: 20 ft 6 in.
- Wing area: 542 square feet