The Hawker 800 is a mid-size twinjet corporate aircraft. It is a development of the British Aerospace BAe 125, and was assembled by Hawker Beechcraft.
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Design and development
In April 1981, the British Aerospace Board sanctioned the programme to improve the British Aerospace 125-700 series. By May 1983 the new aircraft was ready for its first test flight.
The BAe 125-800 series has a number of modifications and changes over the 700, the most noticeable being the redesigned cockpit windscreen. Accompanying this are a modified rear fuselage fairing, as well as a glass cockpit and uprated (from 3,700 to 4,300 lb thrust) Garrett TFE731-5R-1H engines. British Aerospace also improved the wing by incorporating new outer wing sections. This helped to reduce drag and improve aerodynamic efficiency.
The 125-800 series would become a sales success. From the first BAe 125 flight in August 1961 it took nineteen years until the 500th airframe was sold. In a little over five years, British Aerospace were registering the 200th sale of the 800 series.
In 1994 Raytheon (which bought Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1980) acquired Corporate Jets. The new entity being known as Raytheon Aircraft. In March 2007, Raytheon divested its aircraft manufacturing business to Hawker Beechcraft Corp., a company formed and controlled by GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners of Canada.
The last version was the Hawker 850XP, which was certified for operation in March 2006. The 850XP is identical to the 800XP except that it includes winglets, which have extended its operating range by 100 nautical miles (190 km). This version also incorporates upgraded avionics and a redesigned interior. The Hawker 850XP essentially fills the gap left behind by the Hawker 1000 when production of that aircraft ceased.
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The Hawker 800 is similar to most modern airframes in requiring sub-assemblies to be constructed away from the final point of manufacture. The fuselage sections, wings and control surfaces are manufactured and assembled in the United Kingdom in a combination of Hawker Beechcraft's own facility and those owned by Airbus UK, which inherited much of BAE Systems's civil aircraft manufacturing capacity.
Role Mid-size business jet
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer British Aerospace (1983–1994)
Hawker Beechcraft (2007–2013)
First flight 26 June 1983
Developed from British Aerospace BAe 125
Crew: 2 pilots
Capacity: 8 passengers typical, 13 maximum
Length: 51 ft 2 in (15.6 m)
Wingspan: 54 ft 4 in (16.5 m)
Height: 18 ft 1 in (5.5 m)
Empty weight: 15,670 lb (7,108 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 28,000 lb (12,701 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Honeywell TFE731-5BR turbofan, 4660 lbf (20,700 N) each
Never exceed speed: Mach 0.81
Maximum speed: 448 kn (514 mph) 830 km/h
Cruise speed: 402 kn (463 mph) 745 km/h
Stall speed: 92 kn (106 mph)
Range: 2,800 nmi (4,893 km) 3,040 mi
Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,497 m)
Rate of climb: 9.9 m/s (1948.8 ft/min)
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Two new variants were announced in October 2006 for future deliveries:
The Hawker 750, in which the ventral fuel tank is replaced by an externally accessed baggage pannier, which reduces range slightly.
The Hawker 900XP, using new Honeywell TFE731-50BR engines for increased range
BAe 125-800/900 Dominie
By 2018, a 1980s-era 700s was priced for less than $500,000, a 1995 800A at $1.02 million and a 2012 900XP at $6 million.