Just 241 days after the start of it's design, the Museum's Lockheed Jetstar made its first flight over Burbank, California. This prototype aircraft, powered by two Bristol Orpheus 1/5 Turbojets, was designed in response to an Air Force request for a 10-passenger utility jet. It was completed a full year ahead of its competitor.
The Air Force did not buy the Jetstar in large numbers because of budget cuts. Yet Lockheed saw a civilian need the small jet and continued production of a four-engine version. In time, foreign and U.S. companies as well as the U.S. Navy and Air Force purchased 204 Jetstars.
Jetstar number one, was a CL-329J - which stood for Clarence Leonard - the 329 - was the next available Lockheed service bulletin number - the J - Johnson ie; Clarence Leonard Johnson, Lockheed Skunkworks. So Manufacturer CL-329, FAA designation L-329, then production aircraft L1329's.
N329J restoration photos
Burbank Airport September 4th 1957 prototype two engine Jetstar c/n 1001 N329J 1st flight.
N329J Lockheed Jetstar CL329 (predecessor of L1329) 1st of 2 prototypes