Cessna's First Citation Mustang Engine is Flying

April 27, 2004
Wichita KS - April 27, 2004 - The Citation Mustang PW615F engine successfully completed its maiden flight today. The 1.9 hour flight was flown on a CitationJet test bed from Cessna's Wichita, Kansas, facility.

Cessna received the Citation Mustang PW615F engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) on April 1, 2004, and the first ground run test occurred on April 9. Since being delivered to Cessna, the PW615F engine has undergone approximately three hours of engine ground run evaluations. Prior to arriving at Cessna, it completed over 70 hours of testing at P&WC's engine test facilities. The PW615F engine marks the first time a P&WC engine has flown on an aircraft manufacturer's engine test bed prior to being flown on P&WC's Boeing 720 engine test bed.

"This is the first major milestone for the Mustang program," said Citation Mustang Program Manager, Russ Meyer III. "The first flight went very well, and we're eager to continue the PW615F engine test bed program to evaluate engine and FADEC operating characteristics."

The PW615F engine is the first 600 series engine P&WC has delivered to any manufacturer. It is flat rated at 1,350 pounds of takeoff thrust at sea level to ISA 10°C and controlled by a dual-channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control). P&WC expects full PW615F type certification in the fourth quarter of 2005.

"Our new PW600 family of general aviation turbofan engines is designed to provide operators with optimum value and performance while significantly reducing ownership costs," said John Wright, Vice President, Business Aviation and Military Engines, P&WC. "The outstanding results of the PW615F development program to date indicate that it will deliver on all counts."

The Citation Mustang is Cessna's newest entry-level business jet. It will offer customers the same quality, safety, value and support that have been the foundation of the Citation program for over 30 years. The Mustang will be certified as a FAR Part 23 aircraft, with a cruise speed of 340 knots, and maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet. Cessna anticipates Mustang certification and first delivery in late 2006.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. 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, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

For additional information or questions about the general aviation industry, contact the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at 202-393-1500 or www.GAMA.aero.

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