Cessna Citation 1

Cessna Citation 1 VIP Transport JetThe Cessna Citation I (formerly Cessna Citation 500) is a turbofan-powered light business jet built by Cessna Aircraft.  Citation is now the marketing name used by Cessna for the line of business jets developed from the early Cessnas.  The Citation 500 and later the Citation I were the platforms for that line.

In 1968 the company announced plans to build a small, jet-powered passenger aircraft and by 1969 the first Citation 500 jet flew.  Soon thereafter design changes and enhancements began in response to operator and pilot feedback and its final form, the Cessna Citation 500 was certified in 1971.

Over the ensuing 4-5 years, further modifications in wing design, engines, and higher gross weights resulted in the Citation 1.  The Citation 1 typically requires two pilots however a variant, the Citation 1 S/P, permits single pilot configuration thus allowing  room for an extra passenger on the flight deck.

Cessna continued production of the Citation 1 until 1985.  A dazzling array of other models were developed and produced until ultimately the CitationJet (CJ) series was announced in 1989 as the official replacement for the Citation series.  Although numerous advancements and improvements have been made over the years since the Citation 1, this jet has a lot to offer to passengers and pilots in terms of performance.  Cockpit suites and cabin interiors are continually upgraded, it can operate out of short airfields, can transport at very respectable speeds, and all at a low cost.

Technical specifications are as follows:

  • Citation 500 Two Pratt & Whitney JT15D-1 turbofans rated at 2200lb thrust.
  • Citation I Two Pratt & Whitney JT15D-1A1B turbofans rated at 2200lb thrust.

Performance specifications are as follows:

  • Citation 500 has a maximum speed of 402mph (647km/h)and a maximum cruising speed of 400mph (644km/h).  The maximum initial rate of climb is 3350ft/min with a service ceiling of 38,400ft.  The maximum range  with eight passengers, fuel reserves and high speed cruise is nearly 1400 miles (2250km).
  • Citation 1 can maintain a faster cruising speed of 410mph (662km/h).  It has a greater range of 1530mi (2460km) carrying maximum fuel, payload, and reserves.

Dimension specifications are as follows:

For both the Citation 500 and Citation 1, the overall  length is 43ft 6in (13.26m) and height is 14ft 3in (4.36m). The Citation 500 has a wingspan of 43ft 9in 13.32m ) and wing area of 278.5sq ft (25.9m2 ) while the Citation 1 has a longer wingspan of 47ft 1in (14.35m) and a total wing area of 260sq ft (24.2m2).

Weight specifications are as follows:

  • The Citation 500 empty but fully equipped has an operating weight of 5408lb (2455kg) and maximum takeoff weight of 10,850lb (4920kg).
  • The Citation 1 empty but fully equipped has an operating weight of 6631lb (3008kg) with a maximum takeoff weight of 11,850lb (5380kg).  The maximum payload is 2097lbs (951kg).

Interior specifications are as follows:

Cessna citation 1 VIP Jet interiorThe Citation 500 and Citation I cabin measures 12.7 ft. in length, 4.9 ft. in width and 4.3 ft. in height.  The combined internal and external baggage compartments measure 57 cubic feet.  The interior configuration is typically for crew of two pilots on the flight deck, with 6 passengers in the cabin.  Optional main cabin layouts for five, six or seven passengers.


Interior accommodations on the Citation 1 include a full-width lavatory, club seating for 6, a small galley, and refreshment counter.

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