Since the Piper PA-47 and Diamond D-jet never made it past prototype stage, is the Cirrus Vision the only single engine civilian turbofan jet in production?

What other monojets have made it into production?

  • $\begingroup$ If you include production kits, then there is also the ViperJet MKII and the Sonex SubSonex. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ Are you discounting ex-military craft now on the civilian register? $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 7:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Simon Yeah. There are quite a few military mono's but I don't hear of many civilian ones. $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ No there was a prototype PiperJet; it just never made it past that. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ "monojet" -- is that like a jet powered monorail? Or maybe a jet-powered Moni? ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monnett_Moni ) Or maybe a jet that is a monoplane rather than a biplane ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZL_M-15_Belphegor ) or triplane (http ???) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 20:28

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Multiple VLJ kitplanes have been on the market for several decades now; probably the most famous of which was the Bede BD-5J which gained fame in the 007 film Octopussy. BD-5Js flew in airshows with the Coors Light Silver Bullet aerobatic team.

A supersonic VLJ kit called the Bede BD-10 was planned and flyable prototypes were produced.

And multiple companies have come and gone, offering everything from VLJ kits to wishful thoughts such as the ViperJet to MaverickJets to Stratos.

But near as I know the Cirrus SF-50 is the only certified single engine civilian aircraft for sale today. Eclipse came close with its E-400, but it only remained a technology demonstrator.

The only other single engine jet airplanes on the market are military. Aero Vodochody's L-29 and L-39 jet trainers are popular with civilians and air race teams as are MiG-15s -17s, -21s and even a few MiG-23s. Western fighters like the F-86 Sabre, the Folland Gnat, the De Havilland Vampire, and the BAe Hawk are also popular.

  • $\begingroup$ The formerly military jets are not operated as "certified" aircraft. They get restricted experimental airworthiness certificates, usually exhibition-only. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 21, 2017 at 22:34

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