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Cessna Fanjet 500

Cessna CE-500 Citation

Cessna CE-501 Citation I



Announced in 7 October 1968, Cessna's first business jet, the FanJet 500, made its maiden flight on September 15, 1969. Renamed the Model 500 Citation shortly after the first flight, the eight-seat Model 500 has an overall configuration similar to that of earlier Cessna twins except for its powerplant installation. This featured two 990kg Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1 turbofans, mounted in pods on each side of the rear fuselage just aft of the wing trailing edge.

First flown on 15 September 1969, development flying resulted in a number of changes, and it was not until 1972 that initial deliveries were made. The Citation received FAR Part 25 certification in September 1971 and the first Citation business jet was delivered to Levitz Furniture Corp in 1972.

In 1976 deliveries began of an improved Model 501 Citation I with increased wing span and similarly rated but improved JT15D-1A engines. This was followed soon after by the Citation 1/SP version certificated for single-pilot operation. This had JT15D-1A engines, thrust reversers, and a slightly increased wingspan.

When production ceased in June 1985, 691 Citation Is had been delivered.

CE-500 Citation I
Engines: 2 x P&W JT15D-1A, 2,200 lbs thrust.
Seats: 7/8.
Length: 43.5 ft.
Height: 14.3 ft.
Wingspan: 47.1 ft.
Wing area: 279 sq.ft.
Wing aspect ratio: 7.8.
Maximum ramp weight: 12,000 lbs.
Maximum takeoff weight: 11,850 lbs.
Standard empty weight: 6605 lbs.
Maximum useful load: 5395 lbs.
Zero-fuel weight: 9500 lbs.
Maximum landing weight: 11,350 lbs.
Wing loading: 42.5 lbs/sq.ft.
Power loading: 2.7 lbs/lb.
Maximum usable fuel: 3807 lbs/564 USG.
Best rate of climb: 2680 fpm.
Certificated ceiling: 41,000 ft.
Max pressurisation differential: 8.5 psi.
8000 ft cabin alt @: 41,000 ft.
Maximum single-engine rate of climb: 800 fpm @ 108 kts.
Single-engine climb gradient: 425 ft/nm.
Single-engine ceiling: 21,000 ft.
Maximum speed: 352 kts.
Max range: 1,326 nm.
Normal cruise @ 33,000ft: 352 kts.
Fuel flow @ normal cruise: 967 pph.
Stalling speed clean: 93 kts.
Stalling speed gear/flaps down: 82 kts.
Balanced field length: 2,930 ft.
Turbulent-air penetration speed: 183 kts.
Seats: 10.
Takeoff distance (50 ft) 3,275 ft.
Landing distance (50 ft) 2,300 ft



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