Cessna Observes 20th Anniversary of CitationJet's First Flight

April 28, 2011

Wichita, KS – April 28, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, tomorrow will observe the 20th anniversary of the maiden flight of the CitationJet prototype.

On April 29, 1991, pilots Bob Leonard and Bob Carnahan took off from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, reached an altitude of 10,000 feet and checked handling and trim characteristics, engine response and more.

Powered by two Williams-Rolls FJ44 advanced turbofan engines, the CitationJet was the first business jet to use a true natural laminar-flow wing. These features allowed for a roomier cabin, faster speeds and more range than the original Citation 500 and its replacement, the Citation I. The acquisition and maintenance costs of the six-passenger, T-tailed CitationJet attracted many first-time Citation owners.

"The price and the performance of Williams International's all-new FJ44 series advanced turbofan engines allowed Cessna engineers to create an entirely new generation of light business jets with the CitationJet," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna's chairman, president and CEO. "The CitationJet was a success from the moment it was announced at NBAA in 1989 and was instrumental in Cessna today boasting 6,100 Citations, the largest fleet of business jets in the world.

"Many of the concepts that made the CitationJet an impressive breakthrough influenced the development of future Citations, such as the Citation X and Citation Excel," he added.

The CitationJet prototype was eventually joined by other pre-production aircraft for the certification program. FAA certification was achieved in 1992 and deliveries began in 1993. The CitationJet rapidly became one of the world's most popular light jets and inspired an entire family of aircraft (the name was shortened to CJ): the CJ1, CJ1+, CJ2 and today's current production versions, the CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ4.

Cessna delivered 359 CitationJets, and today the CJ series fleet has surpassed 1,450 aircraft.

Hi-res image — Photograph of the Cessna CitationJet prototype's first flight, taken on April 29, 1991.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Connect with Textron IR

Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
(401) 457-2288
Cameron Vollmuth, Manager,
Investor Relations (401) 457-2288

Email Alert

Enter your Email *
Mailing Lists *

Enter the code shown above.