Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
A friend told me that there is a version of a Citation X with afterburners. I really have not found pictures for it anywhere or if it exists. Supposedly the burners are for just above Mach cruise (i do not know how with that shape) and climbing out of the airfield fast enough so that it may not be as noisy or something.
Personally I am pretty close to not believing him outright, his bias is that he loves the Citation X, he might believe anything...
>> to my friend: I'm not harping on you, I just need to believe in it; that shape is not best for that speed, I can't just buy into it so easily.
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GrandTheftAero From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 254 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2949 times:
I think you're right about the shape. According to Cessna's website the airspeed limit for the Citation X is Mach 0.92. Even if you did put afterburners on it (which would be cool as hell, BTW) you'd probably fly it to pieces before you reached Mach 1.
P.S. While working at VNY, I sometimes saw the exhaust of a Lear 25 glow at night as it if was afterburning (complete with shock diamonds, too!). Could something similar on the Citation X be the cause of the afterburner speculation?
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3153 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2631 times:
Go out to an airport when it's about 20 degrees or less outside and you might just see an old 20 series lear spitting that flame during the day. Emb-145s also can also shoot a nice little flame out of the APU, some of Trans States' planes do it on a regular basis
Jet-a gasguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
I just took an island hop in a Citation X from HNL to KOA, and on takeoff, it sure as hell felt like there were afterburners! I guess since I was the only passenger, we were pretty light. I swear we reached VR in less than 15 seconds and were rocketing up like an F-16. Before takeoff, I asked the Captain what she was capable of and DAMN! Did he show me!
Nothing like cruising island to island at 13,000 ft and at 500 mph.
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