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The training fleet will total 45 airplanes when deliveries are complete. Takeoff with each horsepower lifting 14 pounds of airplane is a fairly leisurely process, but the Eclipse still manages to lift off in 1,300 feet and transition into a surprisingly aggressive climb, a characteristic the USAF found especially attractive in Colorado's frequent high density altitude conditions. It's a comfortable ride for two, performance numbers are generally excellent for the horsepower, fuel burn is modest and the composite structure suggests minimum maintenance.
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