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TS-IAM Bombardier CL.600-2B16 Challenger 604 c/n 5412 - Lelystad Airport in Holland - 13 May 2015 Lelystad Airport (LEY/EHLE)

The Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 (or CL-604) Challenger is a twin-engine executive jet aircraft for 2 crewmembers and up to 19 passengers. Development of the CL-600 Challenger family started in 1974, when Bill Lear designed the LearStar 600, a 12-place business jet. Canadair bought the manufacturing rights in 1976, and renamed the design Canadair CL-600 Challenger. The first prototype of the airplane flew on 8 November 1978. The second and third prototypes flew in March and July 1979. On 3 April 1980, a test flight with the first prototype above the Mojave Desert ended in a disaster, with the airplane crashing due to a deep stall. In August 1980, certification was granted with temporary restrictions. Deliveries of the CL-600, powered by two Lycoming ALF-502L turbofans started in 1981. The design was developed further and on 10 April 1982 the Challenger 601, a refined version with more powerful General Electric CF-34 engines and winglets, made its maiden flight. In 1983, the CL-601 replaced the CL-600 in production. In 1986 Bombardier Aerospace bought Canadair. The Bombardier Challenger became a family of business jets. A number of models entered production including in 1989 the CL-600-2B16 or Challenger 604 powered by CF-34-3B engines. First flight with this engines was on 17 March 1995, with Transport Canada certification granted that September. First delivery was in January 1996.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 is CL60.

The 1999-built Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 Challenger 604 s/n 5412 was testflown as C-GLXK. In April 1999, the aircraft was registered N99FJ with Fort James Operating Company. On 30 March 2001, after the aircraft was re-registered N529JP first, it was registered N529GP with Georgia Pacific Corp., Atlanta, Georgia. On 16 October 2006, registration N529GP was cancelled as exported to Tunisia. In October 2006, the Bombardier Model CL.600-2B16 Challenger 604 was registered TS-IAM with Fly International Airways as operator. On 13 May 2015, the TS-IAM came in at Lelystad Airport (EHLE/LEY) in the Netherlands for a repaint by QAPS (Quality Aircraft Painting Services).

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