When the Citation II debuted in the light business jet market, it was one-of-a-kind. It sold 1,000 jets in its first four years on the market and was manufactured for sixteen years, making its Cessna’s best-selling private jet to date. At the time of the Citation II release, everyone else in the industry was trying to outdo each other by making the heaviest, most complicated, hard-to-fly jet. The Citation II defied all trends with its simple systems and manufacturing techniques, dramatically reducing operating and purchase costs. Its focus on simplicity and economy was so effective in the air, and popular among pilots and jet owners that it completely reversed jet design trends all over the private jet industry. The Citation II can carry eight passengers up to 2,000 nm at a max cruise speed of 374 knots. Its two Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4 engines provide 2,500 pounds of thrust apiece on takeoff. It climbs quickly at a little more than 3,000 feet per minute and has a maximum service ceiling of 43,000 feet. As previously mentioned, the Citation is most favored for its straightforward design. This feature is best enjoyed in the cockpit, which Business and Commercial Aviation magazine called the “best human factored cockpit in general aviation” upon the Citation II’s release.

Technical Specifications

Seats6-8 Seats
Height4 ft 9 in
Width4 ft 10 in
Length16 ft
Range1,400 nm
ManufacturerCessna Citation
Speed376 knots
Max Altitude45,000 ft.
Baggage77 cu ft

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