Cessna Citation X is a jet business jet developed by Cessna. Unlike the Citation V and Citation Jet families, which are modifications of each other, the X series is completely independent.
By the time the Citation X program was launched, the Citation 650 family of aircraft, which included models III, VI, and VII, was already celebrating its eighth anniversary. In 1990, Cessna researched the modernization of the 650 series and found that customers were interested in faster and more spacious aircraft. This gave the company an impetus to create a new 750th series.
Also, Cessna invested significant resources in improving the image of the Citation family, which, in comparison with the brainchild of Learjet, was considered a family of “slow” aircraft. The company needed a really fast new plane.
The program was officially announced at the Business Aviation Association Convention in 1990. The prototype flew in 1993. Some difficulties in finalizing the prototypes dragged on certification and the FAA received “rights” from the plane only in 1996.
The first board was delivered to the customer in 1996 and immediately began to break speed records. The aircraft were dispersed to a speed of 876 km / h at a distance of 5 thousand kilometers. At the beginning of the XXI century, Cessna announced a plan to modernize the aircraft to increase thrust, maximum take-off mass of the aircraft, as well as improving avionics.
In 2010, the aircraft began its modernization. The engine thrust was increased, the “glass” cabin was replaced with new 14-inch displays. Winglets on the plane became the base option and lengthening the fuselage by 38 cm increased the level of comfort in the cabin. The carrying capacity also increased by 97 kg, and the range by 352 km. The plane took off in 2012.
Cessna has delivered over 280 Citation X aircraft to its customers. The aircraft are operated by individuals, business jet operators, and corporate clients.
- Type: Business Jet
- Powerplant: two twin-circuit turbojet engines Rolls-Royce AE 3007C at 2,922 kgs each
- Maximum number of passengers: 12 people
- Practical ceiling: 15 545 m
- Flight range: 6,350 km
- Maximum take-off weight: 16.14 t
- Cruising speed: 991.9 km / h
- Wingspan: 19.38 m
- Wing Area: 48.96 sq. M. m
- Length: 22.05 m
- Height: 5.84 m