The HondaJet business jet was one of the newest and most eye-catching planes at the EAA AirVentures fly-in extravaganza at Oshkosh, Wis, last summer. It was developed by Honda Aircraft, a subsidiary of the Japanese industrial giant primarily known for car and motorcycles.
Right away, the jet captures attention with its unusual over-the-wing jet engine mount. Honda spent the last two decades developing the design. Removing the engines from the fuselage allowed the engineers to build a more spacious cabin, reduce cabin noise and cut fuel consumption.
The plane is powered by a pair of HF120 jet engines jointly developed by GE Aviation and Honda. With 18.5 inches in diameter and 2,095 pounds of thrust, it is the smallest jet engine in GE’s portfolio. For comparison, GE’s largest engine, the GE90-115B developed for Boeing 777 wide-body planes, can generate 127,900 pounds of thrust. Still, the engines give the plane cruise speed of 424 miles-per-hour and a range of 1,358 miles. Alie Ward, a host of GE’s “In the Wild” series traveled to Oshkosh and got an exclusive look at the plane. (You can see the HondaJet episode below.) Pilot and photographer Adam Senatori also got a tour the plane. Take a look.
Images and GIF credits: Adam Senatori/GE Reports