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A Citation X taking off.

The Citation X is a twin-engine business jet manufactured by the Cessna Aircraft Company. A member of the Citation family of aircraft, it is the fastest business aircraft in the world, with a maximum speed of over 700 mph. 330 have been built so far.


The Citation X was first announced in October, 1990, as an improvement over the aging Citation 650 series. The aircraft first flew on December 21st, 1993, and entered service in 1996 after a number of issues with it were fixed, including engine flame outs and directional stability challenges. The Citation X  went on to set a record for the civilian jet aircraft. It is still in production today, with an upgraded version, the New Citation X, currently in development.


  • Powerplant: two Rolls-Royce/Allison AE 3007C or 3007C1 turbofan engines
  • Maximum speed: 700.3 mph (Mach 0.92)
  • Cruising speed: 604 mph
  • Range: 3,700 miles
  • Rate of climb: 3,650 feet per minute
  • Service ceiling: 51,000 feet
  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: up to 12 passengers
  • Empty weight: 21,600 lbs
  • Length: 72 feet 4 inches
  • Height: 19 feet 2 inches
  • Wingspan: 63 feet 7 inches
  • First Flight: Dec. 21, 1993
  • Unit Cost: $22 million USD
  • Introduction: 1996
  • Produced: 1996- present
  • Role: Business jet
  • Number Built: 330+