Air & Space Smithsonian - - Soundings -

CESSNA CAN PUT ITS TRO­PHY for hav­ing the fastest civil­ian jet back on the shelf. Over two days last Oc­to­ber, the com­pany’s new Ci­ta­tion X+, which the Fed­eral Aviation Ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cated the previous June, set four speed records, in­clud­ing a coast-to-coast flight. The orig­i­nal Ci­ta­tion X held the fastest civil­ian jet ti­tle un­til the Gulf­stream G650 took it in 2008. Now Cessna’s next-gen­er­a­tion Ci­ta­tion can take 12 pas­sen­gers from Seat­tle to Mi­ami in just four hours and 52 min­utes at its Mach 0.935 max cruis­ing speed.

The record­break­ing Ci­ta­tion X+ cruises at just un­der Mach 1.

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