DEI Flies This Embraer ERJ 145

N138DE Embraer ERJ 145 LR

Embraer ERJ 145

What do you do when you need to transport a small army of crew members, engineers, media reps and corporate executives to a different place every weekend? Well, if you’re Dale Earnhardt Inc you buy an Embraer ERJ 145 LR.

Here is N138DE, DEI’s crew plane in Tulsa, OK for a fuel stop. The aircraft is headed to LA / Ontario International Airport for the race in California. It’s an Embraer ERJ 145 LR. This photo was captured as the airplane taxis to runway 36R.

Not just another private jet – this commercial-class aircraft seats 50 passengers plus crew. It’s identical to jets flown by regional airlines around the world including Swiss Air, Continental Airlines and United Airlines. Over 150,000 passengers fly on Embraer ERJ 145 jets every day.

N138DE is powered by a pair of Rolls Royce Allison AE 3007A1 turbofan jet engines that are capable of cranking out up to 8,917 pounds of thrust. It’s the same engine used on the military Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.

This jet has a wingspan of 68 ft. 9 in – and a length of 98 ft. Overall height is 22ft 2 in. Interior cabin height is 6 ft 0 in., giving passengers ample room when seated and providing ample standing room for most people.

Embraer designed this airplane for use by major airlines – not as a corporate jet, but it suits DEI’s needs perfectly.

This airplane works for DEI because it can fly more staff members farther and faster than turbo-props. That’s especially important in the competitive business of NASCAR. Team members need to be in place fro mission-critical events – and they need to be able to travel in comfort. When DEI recruits personnel they can tout the fact that employees will travel on world-class jets.

The ERJ 145 is an extremely versatile jet. It’s large enough for 50 passengers – but small enough to fly into small air fields when necessary.

The jet can fly as high as 37,000 feet, allowing pilots to fly over weather systems and meet tight schedules. It cruises at Mach .78, and can travel as far as 2000 nautical miles without refueling.

Inside the cabin passengers can relax comfortably in 31 in. seats – or fold down their tray tables and fire up their laptops for a little last minute work during the flight.

With its on-board galley the Embraer ERJ 145 is ready to feed hungry passengers on long flights.About Embraer: This Brazilian aerospace company is one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers. The company specializes in building small and midsize jets for commercial airlines, corporate executives, and the military.

Photo Courtesy Danny Fritsche

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