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Speedy Citation reclaims world’s fastest civil aircraft crown

written by | November 4, 2013
The new Citation X during flight testing. (Cessna)
The new Citation X during flight testing. (Cessna)

Cessna’s updated Citation X has been officially validated as having the fastest maximum operating speed of any civilian aircraft currently flying, reclaiming the title from Gulfstream’s G650.

The Citation X regained its position following the conclusion of high-speed certification flights with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which recorded a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.935 (536kt TAS).

The high-speed testing regimen includes handling qualities, stability and control in addition to manoeuvrability conditions at high speeds. The validation was accomplished as a result of collaboration with FAA pilots and Cessna’s Engineering Flight Test Team during the past weeks. More than 1,300 hours have been flown in the Citation X test program in preparation for certification, which is expected in the early part of 2014.


The new Citation X has a range of 3,242nm and seating capacity for nine people.

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