2006-06-16 News Headlines
First Cessna Citation
Mustang Demonstration Aircraft Takes Flight
Demonstrator aircraft Mustang flight successfully completes all scheduled
functional flight checks two weeks ahead of schedule.
Cessna Aircraft Company's first production Citation Mustang assembled
in Independence, Kan., serial number 0003, took flight today. The first
flight was two weeks ahead of schedule. The flight lasted 2 hours and
20 minutes, and completed all scheduled functional flight checks.
Cessna is a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT). Textron Inc. is a $10 billion
multi-industry company operating in 33 countries with approximately 37,000
employees in continuing operations. The company leverages its global network
of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for
its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others.
Citation Mustang. What a
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Serial number 0003 will enter service this December as Cessna's first
Mustang demonstrator aircraft. It is the fourth Mustang produced, and
the first one that will not be used for Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) flight testing. Mustangs 0004 through 0015 are currently on the
production line at Cessna's manufacturing facility in Independence, Kan.
The three Mustang airplanes dedicated to certification are the Mustang
prototype and serial numbers 0001 and 0002. Certification flight hours
on the three airplanes total more than 1,250 hours. FAA certification
is expected later this year. The first Mustang customer delivery is scheduled
for the first quarter of 2007.
The Citation Mustang program was announced at the 2002 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Cessna has orders for more than
Citation Mustang is Cessna Aircraft Company's newest entry-level business
jet. It's an entirely new kind of business jet. One that's designed -
and priced - to bring the dream of jet ownership comfortably within reach
of a whole new breed of upwardly eager operators.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer
of general aviation airplanes. In 2005, Cessna delivered 1,157 aircraft
and reported revenues of about $3.5 billion. Since the company was originally
established in 1927, more than 187,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered
to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 4,500
Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world.
New Citation aircraft are customized to meet each purchaser's preferences
with respect to interior appointments, avionics, and other optional equipment.
Thus, final aircraft prices often vary according to the type and number
of options chosen.
Ten Cessna-owned Citation Service Centers and 24 Authorized Citation Service
Centers form a worldwide network of service facilities that provide maintenance,
inspections, parts, repairs, modifications, equipment installations, refurbishment
and other specialized services. Cessna Citation Service Centers have the
special tools and equipment, parts inventories, training, knowledge, experience
and factory support necessary to keep every Citation in top condition.
more information about Cessna Aircraft Company.
Read a recent press release from Cessna about - 'Civil Air Patrol cadets
receive hands-on experience shadowing Cessna employees and obtain
tangible visuals of the aircraft production process at the Independence
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