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The Cessna Citation has been around since the Woodstock Era and has been a mainstay of corporate and charter flying ever since it first flew. Because of this long history the Citation has gone through many changes, both in name and aircraft characteristics. This article has been put together from various sources to give you an overview of the various models of the Cessna Citation line. This compilation is, more or less, in the order that various versions of the Citation first appeared in the world of aviation.

Keep this list handy so that next time somebody tells you they just went for a flight on a Cessna Citation, you can ask, “which one?”

The Citation I (Model 500) – This small size business jet which was the model for all of the other Citation jets. This  model was originally designed in 1969 and didn’t receive FAA certification until 1971, with fan engines instead of turbojet engines. This model was originally nicknamed the “slowtation” and “nearjet” because it traveled 120 knots slower than the Lear 25. Citation I/SP (Model 501) single-pilot operations- This aircraft was first delivered in 1977 and production ended in 1985. The difference between this aircraft and the Model 500 was that the SP was referring to single pilot capability instead of the original which needed two pilots.  The catcher for the NY Yankees, Thurman Munson was killed on his Citation I/SP while practicing touch and go landings. Citation II (Model 550) a larger stretched development of…
Morane-Saulnier Paris Jet

American business aviation is a 150 billion dollar industry that employs more than a million people in sales, maintenance, and operations all over the country. It’s a thriving field full of dedicated, highly trained professionals with various skillsets at at every level.

Not only is the business aviation industry important to those who are employed by it, but it is also integral to the modern business landscape. The commercial airline industry doesn’t really strive to meet the unique needs of business travelers who often require quick turnarounds, last minute trips, and the option of visiting multiple meetings in various cities in a single day. That’s where the worldwide fleet of over fifteen thousand business jets step in to fill the gap. Business jets give companies the capability to get their personnel and vital materials where they need to be.

Business aircraft allow passengers to reach 10x the number of airports across the United States that commercial airlines have access to, which is roughly more than 5,000 different facilities.

It’s hard to imagine modern business without these aircraft designed to get people where they need to be quickly, safely, and efficiently to conduct their affairs. But there was a time not that long ago that business aviation was an unheard of concept.

After World War 2, there was a surplus of quality aircraft just waiting to be repurposed and a slough of qualified pilots looking for new careers. This combination led to many innovations in the aircraft industry, not the least …

wiley post

After the end of World War I, the world saw many changes in areas of technology, science, and industry. The two-decade period (1918-1938) is considered by some to be the Golden Age of Aviation. Streamlined monoplanes quickly replaced their slower wooden biplane counterparts. Other important developments during this period include the rise of civil aviation and the development of many commercial airlines.

Before this so-called Golden Age of Aviation began, another event took place, and although it likely didn’t make the papers or attract any attention, it has earned its spot in the timeline of aviation. A Texas cotton farmer and his wife had a baby. But just why does this matter? That baby would grow up to become a record-setting figure in the world of aviation, none other than Wiley Post.

It’s impossible to know what kind of hopes William and Mae Post had for their new son, Wiley. Their lives were not easy and they moved frequently to find work, while probably facing many of the same challenges that others did during this period of history. The Post family eventually settled in Oklahoma, which would prove to be important in their story as this is where young Wiley had his first encounter with an aircraft in flight. The place was the county fair and the plane was a Curtiss-Wright pusher. He got bitten by the flying bug right then and there and soon enrolled in a school for automobiles and aviation.

As he got older, Post had a …

howard hughes

The aviation industry, as we know it today, has a total global impact of more than $2 trillion, but that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, if it weren’t for the passion and dedication of a few pioneers of flight, the world of aviation might not look anything like it does now.

Without these adventurous spirits who broke ground and paved the way for the development of the aviation industry, it’s hard to say what air travel would look like today. Jet Charters is proud to be the worldwide air charter marketplace, but we know that one important part of moving forward is looking back and shining a spotlight on important moments and figures in aviation history who helped make what we do possible.

One integral figure in the timeline of aviation history is Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes was a pivotal player in the development of aircraft technology. Thanks to him and other innovators who dared to dream and were committed to seeing their ideas come to life, we can get anywhere in the world quickly and safely. Jet Charters is proud to recognize the efforts of aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes’ love of flight was with him from a young age. He first learned to fly at the famous Rogers Airport in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of many aviation pioneers. He went on to set world records in flight as well as engineer aircraft such as the world had never seen before.

Arguably, his most …