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Aviation Nation - February 1, 2019

Q: The fastest private jet in the world is made by Textron Aviation in Wichita. What's the name of this business jet that cruises at speeds of 600 miles per hour and can hit a top speed of 717 mph?

A: Cessna Citation X+ (Citation 10 Plus)

Textron Aviation's Cessna Citation X+ is the world’s fastest business jet. It has power and efficiency that competing jets just can’t reach. At least that's what the company's website says! It also asks this question, "When was the last time you hit Mach 0.935?" With a top speed of 717 miles-per-hour, the Citation X+, made in Wichita, is simply the fastest private jet in the world.

On July 25, 2014, a three-man crew flew the Citation X+ from Wichita to Seattle to Miami and then reversed the trip the next day. Each leg was awarded a speed record. The long-range business jet averaged just under 606 miles per hour at 39,000 feet flying from Seattle, Washington, to Wichita, Kansas. The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the country’s oldest national aviation club and the official record keeper for U.S. aviation, certified the accomplishment. The Federation Aeronautique International later also certified the flights as world records.

Alas, production of the Cessna Citation X+ is coming to a close.  Textron Aviation announced in 2018 that it would stop making the speedy twinjet.  The Citation X+ and its predecessor, Citation X. have been in continuous production since 1995.

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