Cessna Citation III. Characteristics. A photo.
Cessna Citation III. Characteristics. A photo.

Cessna Citation III. Characteristics. A photo.


Cessna Citation III (Cessna 650) is a business jet, which served as the prototype for the creation of the previous version of the Citation family (Cessna 500 Citation I и Cessna Citation II), With a number of significant changes.


Cessna Citation III photo


Unlike previous models of the Citation family, the Cessna Citation III version is a medium-sized business-class aircraft, which allows transporting not only more passengers, but also makes air travel more comfortable. Among other things, the Cessna Citation III has a new power plant - two Garrett TFE731-3B-100S turbofan engines allow the aircraft to develop a thrust of 32,4 kN, which naturally affected the aircraft's flight performance, in particular, it was possible to increase the flight speed to 875 km / h, flight altitude up to 15454 meters, and in addition, the use of new aircraft engines was cheaper, which naturally attracted customers.


Photo Cessna Citation III


In the development, the American aircraft manufacturers have relied on previous designs Citation family of aircraft, however, eventually the aircraft received a completely different design, as well as new and interior fittings. The first development of a new aircraft began in the year 1978, and in 1979, the new aircraft was officially presented, and after a year, the aircraft will go into series production.

The Cessna Citation III can accommodate from 8 to 9 passengers (depending on the cabin configuration), and at least two crew members are required to operate the aircraft, which initially raised doubts among the Cessna airline management, but taking into account the fact that this feature was also characteristic of other aircraft manufacturers, it was decided not to reduce the number of pilots.


Photo Salon Cessna Citation III


The Cessna Citation III has proven itself well both in terms of operation and in terms of reliability. According to the pilots, the aircraft was easy to control, it was very maneuverable, and if emergencies did occur, then, as a rule, they were associated either with insufficiently good maintenance of the aircraft, or due to the human factor - over the entire period of operation of this model only 8 cases of crashes are known.

During production, and the release lasted for 12 years, from 1980 to 1992, 202 Cessna Citation III aircraft were produced at the American aircraft manufacturing plant Cessna, which is not so much by modern standards, but given the fact that the aircraft was intended for administrative air transportation, the success of the new aircraft undoubtedly won.

At the moment, most of the aircraft Cessna Citation III is operated by individuals, in this case, the plane still remains popular due to its good reliability, low cost and easy maintenance.

In addition to the basic model, American aviarazrabotchiki introduced three more versions, the development of which were based on the Cessna Citation III:

  • Cessna Citation IV - has an enlarged fuel tanks to travel long distances, however, due to some technical problems for all time was made just one plane;
  • Cessna Citation VI is a budget version of the model range, in particular, due to the installation of standard means of avionics, an inexpensive salon equipment, etc.
  • Cessna Citation VII received new aircraft engines, as a consequence, significantly improved flight performance of the aircraft. Appearance of the plane has not changed.


Technical specifications Cessna Citation III.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Passenger: 8-9 people (depending on the cabin configuration);
  • aircraft Length: 16,92 m .;
  • Wingspan: 16,31 m .;
  • Plane Height: 5,13 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 5,29 t .;
  • Payload: 4,69 t .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 9,98 t .;
  • Cruising speed: 875 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 880 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 3774 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 15545 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: turbofan;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Garrett TFE731-3B-100S (depending on version);
  • Link: 2 × 16,2 kN. (Depending on version).


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