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December 16, 2012

A Wichita-made gift that soars above expectations

What: Cessna Citation X

What: Cessna Citation X

Where: Cessna Aircraft

How much: About $21 million

For the person who seems to have everything, consider one of these: a Wichita-built business aircraft.

Now that’s a gift that soars above expectations.

The fastest and most expensive of the Wichita-built private jets is Cessna’s Citation X, which retails at about $21 million.

The two-pilot, eight passenger plane cruises at about 605 mph and has a range of more than 3,200 nautical miles.

Inside, passengers can adjust cabin lighting, window shades, temperature, audio and video. And they can plug in iPads or tablets at their seats.

If your brand allegiance lies elsewhere, a sleek Learjet 85 may be more your style.

The all-new, all-composite mid-size jet cruises at 541 mph and has a range of 3,000 nautical miles.

For the interior, Bombardier turned to Design Q, a firm known for its automotive styling work on cars such as the Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati.

The plane retails for $19.66 million.

For those who don’t need to travel as far but need a lot of versatility and utility, Hawker Beechcraft’s $7.3 million King Air 350i may be a better choice.

The nine-passenger, twin-engine airplane cruises at about 360 mph and has a range of 1,714 nautical miles when carrying four passengers. It can land at major airports or on short, gravel runways.

The company calls it the greenest airplane in the segment, because it uses less fuel.

A “Flexcabin” system can be reconfigured for work or play — adjusting to a need to carry more passengers or a need for more space.

Whichever plane you choose to give, the recipient of your generosity will get to choose the interior finishes and a paint scheme.

A big red bow is optional.

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