Photos Courtesy of Saker Aircraft
Having your own personal jet is perhaps the ultimate mark of affluence, but some wealthy aviation enthusiasts aren't satisfied owning just any passenger jet — they want a fighter model. And there are those who do exactly that, buying decommissioned military aircraft like F-4 Phantoms or MiG-15s and using them for their own personal enjoyment. But that's not what these combat designs were made for. That's where Saker Aircraft
comes in. The American aerospace startup recently announced plans to launch the S-1, a fighter-style personal jet you can buy — or will be able to soon, anyway.
Designed and styled to look like an F-15 or F-18 fighter but without the armament payload, the Saker S-1 has a tandem cockpit under a canopy and a pair of Williams FJ44-4 engines that are said to be capable of thrusting the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 1.1 — just above the speed of sound and square in the Transonic range. That would also make it faster than any current commercially-available aircraft, handily trouncing the Gulfstream G650 (Mach 0.925) and Cessna Citation X (Mach 0.935).