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Cessna celebrates its 400th Citation CJ3 jet

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:27 a.m.

Cessna Aircraft rolled out its 400th production Citation CJ3 light business jet on Monday, nine years after the plane was certified.

The event was marked with a celebration at the Wichita factory.

“That’s a pretty significant milestone,” Ron Draper, Cessna senior vice president of integrated supply chain, told employees who gathered for the roll-out.

The CJ3 is part of a larger family of Citation jets.

“This is a very important production line for us,” Draper said.

The company announced the CJ3 in 2002 at the National Aviation Business Association’s annual exhibition.

The plane has twice been awarded the “Best of the Best” in the light jet category by the Robb Report.

The CJ3 is powered by two Williams FJ44-3A engines and is certified for single pilot operations.

It carries up to eight passengers and has a maximum range of 1,875 nautical miles.

“The Cessna operators who build and the technicians who service the CJ products take great pride in providing the customer with a safe, reliable product that meets all their transportation needs,” Don Beverlin, Cessna business leader for the CJ line, said in a statement.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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