Saker S-1 – The Fastest Personal Aircraft Ever Made
Saker S-1 personal jet is a unique an unusual aircraft that was built for personal entertaining and mostly for the adrenaline enthusiasts.
Saker Aircraft designed this fierce aircraft having as inspiration the military jet aircraft, turning it into a tandem two-seater jet, which can reduce flight time of 1,500 nautical miles (approximately 1,726 miles or 2,778 km) by an hour, in comparison with its competition.
According to the manufacturer, the S-1 can reach a top speed of Mach 0.99 and cruise at Mach 0.95, and can land or take off from runways of just 1,500 feet (475 m) in length and will climb at a rate of 14,000 feet/ minute (4,267 m/ minute).
Due to an internal tank of 500 gal (1890 liters), it is said that the S-1 will be able to come with a service ceiling of 45,000 ft (13,720 m) and a top range of 1,600 miles (almost 2,575 km). Also, the aircraft can be fitted with two external 100 gal (380-litre) pods, in case the buyer wants to lengthen the range to 2,200 miles (3,540 km).
Saker Aircraft’s personal jet measures 12.3 meter in length (40.5 ft), 4.6 meters in height (15 ft) and features a wingspan of 8 meters (27 ft). If it is empty, it tips the balance at 2,495 kg (5,500 lb) but it can transport payload of as much as 2,720 kg (6,000 lb).
The important thing is that the pilot doesn’t need military training to fly this beauty even though the aircraft looks like is coming from the war. However, the pilot must be trained properly in order to handle correctly everything inside the cockpit, starting with the perfect control of the stall speed of 90 knots.
The S-1 performs its flights helped by two Williams FJ44-4 engines with 5,000 running time before overhaul. The operating costs reach a total amount of $2 per mile, 20% better fuel saving than its direct competitor.
Rumors say that Saker S-1 will cost somewhere between $5 million and $7 million and will start being delivered in 2019.