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The Cessna Citation X

Country of origin  
United States of America

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Powerplants  
Two 28.5kN (6400lb) Allison AE 3007C turbofans.

Performance  
Max cruising speed at mid cruise weight Mach 0.92 (934km/h/504kt) at 37,000ft. Initial rate of climb 4000ft/min. Max certificated altitude 51,000ft. Range with reserves 6020km (3250nm).

Weights  
Typical empty equipped 9705kg (21,400lb), max takeoff 16,195kg (35,700lb).

Dimensions  
Wing span 19.48m (63ft 11in), length 22.00m (72ft 2in), height 5.77m (18ft 11in). Wing area 49.0m2 (527.0sq ft).

Capacity  
Flightcrew of two. Main cabin seating for up to 12 passengers seated on individual seats and couches in a high density configuration. Other interiors to customer preference, including eight passenger seats in a double club arrangement.

Production  
First production Citation X delivered in June 1996. Approx 60 delivered by late 1998. Target production rate 24 per year.

Type  
Long range, high speed, mid size corporate jet

History  

The Citation X is Cessna's largest, fastest and longest range aircraft yet, and Cessna claims it to be the fastest civil transport in service other than the supersonic Concorde.

The Citation X (as in the Roman numeral, not the letter, and Cessna's Model 750) is also the largest member of business aviation's biggest corporate jet family, the Citation series.

The design objectives behind the Citation X included transcontinental USA and trans Atlantic range in a mid size package that cruises faster than any other business jet available. This high speed cruise capability, which Cessna says is 105 to 210km/h (55 to 113kt) faster than other mid size corporate jet, means the X can save up to one hour's flight time on transcontinental US flights, flying from Los Angeles to New York with normal wind conditions in 4 hours 10 minutes. Because of its ability to cruise at high speed at high altitudes, Cessna also says the Citation X will consume less fuel than current jets on such a transcontinental flight.

The X's FADEC equipped Allison AE 3007A turbofans are very powerful for an aircraft of the X's size, while the highly swept (37°) wings are also long in span.

Other design features of the Citation X include the fuselage cross section of the Citation III, VI and VII but with more efficient use of internal space that allows greater head and shoulder room, an area ruled, waisted rear fuselage, trailing link main undercarriage units and a modern Honeywell Primus 2000 EFIS avionics suite with five colour CRT displays.

Cessna announced that it was developing the Citation X in October 1990 at that year's NBAA conference. The prototype was publicly rolled out in September 1993 and flew for the first time on December 21 that year. Certification was granted on June 3 1996, with the first customer delivery (to golfer Arnold Palmer) that month.

A Citation X was the 2500th Citation to be delivered, handed over on September 10 1997. The USA's National Aeronautics Association awarded its prestigious Collier Trophy to the Citation X design team in February 1997.

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