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Cessna Citation X

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The Cessna Citation X (X as in the Roman numeral for 10, not the letter) is a medium-sized business jet aircraft and it is the fastest business jet and fastest currently flying civilian airplane in the world, traveling up to Mach 0.92 (703 mph).

The first Citation X was delivered in June 1996 to golfer and long-time Cessna customer Arnold Palmer. Once in use, the Citation X continued to set speed records. Arnold Palmer set one of them in September of 1997: 473 knots on a 5,000 km closed course. In February 1997, the Citation X design team was awarded the National Aeronautic Association's Robert J. Collier Trophy. The Citation X was approved by Transport Canada on May 22, 1998 and by the European Joint Aviation Authorities in 1999. In October 2000, Cessna announced an upgrade for all Citation Xs to be delivered after January 1, 2002. The main characteristics of this upgraded version are a 5% increase in thrust, a 400 lb increase in maximum take-off weight and improved Honeywell avionics.

The aircraft incorporates a number of innovative design features. One attribute that is often first noticed is the large diameter of the engine intakes. This feature, related to the high bypass ratio turbofan, reduces the noise from the engines and improves fuel efficiency. Another obvious characteristic is the highly swept wing with a supercritical airfoil, used in order to increase the critical Mach number and therefore the top speed. The Citation X has 37 degrees of sweepback at the quarter chord, more than any other business jet and, among civil aircraft, second only to the Boeing 747's 37.5 degrees. The horizontal and vertical stabilizers are also highly swept and are arranged in a T-tail configuration.

Cessna Citation X Specifications

    General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 8-12 passengers
  • Payload: 14,300 lb (6,486 kg)
  • Length: 72.3 ft (22.0 m)
  • Wingspan: 63.6 ft (19.4 m)
  • Height: 19.0 ft (5.8 m)
  • Wing area: 527 ft² (50 m²)
  • Empty weight: 21,700 lb (9,843 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 36,100 lb (16,375 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2× Rolls-Royce/Allison AE 3007C1 , 6,764 lbf (28.5 kN) each

    Performance
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.92 (1127 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.82 (1005 km/h)
  • Range: 3,250 nm (6,020 km)
  • Service ceiling 51,000 ft (15,545 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3,650 ft/min ()
  • Wing loading: 68.50 lb/ft² ()

Cessna Citation X - 1/40 scale model

This model is hand crafted from mahogany and comes with a wooden display stand. Each is packed with the utmost care, they come completely painted and assembled. Makes a great addition to any home or office. Cessna Citation X - 1/40 scale model

The Cessna Citation X is a medium-sized business jet aircraft built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. The “X” stands for the Roman numeral for 10 and not the letter. Powered by two Rolls-Royce turbofan engines, it is the world's fastest operating passenger jet. This seven-person private plane can climb to 43,000 feet in just 30 minutes. It is equipped with an entertainment center and a vanity area for passengers. Despite Cessna's long history of building business jets, the Citation X was a completely new aircraft in many ways. Its wing, tail, tail cone, gear and systems were designed from scratch, not based on pre-existing airplane. It was the first aircraft to use a Rolls-Royce engine and fully-integrated avionics. It also incorporates a number of innovative design features. The large diameter of the engine intakes reduces the noise from the engines and improves fuel efficiency. The highly swept wing with a supercritical airfoil increases the Mach number. The horizontal and vertical stabilizers are highly swept as well and are arranged in a T-tail configuration. The Citation X is equipped with controls that are powered by dual-hydraulic systems for redundancy. Cessna announced that it was developing the Citation X at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in New Orleans in October 1990. The prototype was publicly rolled out in September 1993 and flew for the first time on December 21 of the same year. The first customer delivery was in June 1996, to golfer and long-time Cessna customer Arnold Palmer. Once in use, the aircraft continued to set speed records. Arnold Palmer set one in September 1997, flying 473 knots on a 5,000 km closed course. In February 1997, the Citation X design team was awarded the National Aeronautic Association's prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy. The 2,500th aircraft was delivered on September 10, 1997.

 

 

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