Textron Aviation is celebrating 50 years since the inaugural flight of the first Citation jet, the Cessna Citation 500.
Launched in October 1968 as the Fanjet 500, the new business jet combined the company’s expertise in producing single and twin-engine general aviation aircraft with its proficiency in producing military jet aircraft. The prototype made its first flight September 15, 1969 from the company’s Wichita facility.
“From that first Citation flight 50 years ago and through every Citation model produced since, our business jet programs are deeply rooted in the combined efforts of our employees, our suppliers and our customers,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Today’s range of Citations – from the entry-level Citation M2 up through the Citation Longitude – incorporates our unwavering commitment to value-added innovation, design and production excellence and unrivaled customer support.”
Today, the Citation family represents more than 7,500 aircraft delivered worldwide amassing more than 35 million flight hours.