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Cessna 526 CitationJet

526 CitationJet
Both 526 prototypes in flight
Role Primary jet trainer
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight 20 December 1993
Number built 2
Developed from Cessna CitationJet

The Cessna 526 CitationJet was a twin-engined jet trainer candidate for the United States Joint Primary Aircraft Training System proposed by Cessna. It was a twin-engined, tandem seat aircraft, based on the Cessna CitationJet executive aircraft. It was, however, unsuccessful, with only two prototypes built.[1]

Design and development

The United States military issued a Request for proposal for a jet trainer for use by the United States Air Force and United States Navy.[1] Cessna responded with the 526 based on the Cessna 525 CitationJet business jet it included 75% commonality including the wings, engine, landing gear. Also common were the electrical, hydraulic and fuel system. New were a tandem two-seat cockpit with zero-zero ejection seats, new fuselage and tail unit.[1]

The prototype first flew on 20 December 1993 and was followed by a second prototype on 2 March 1994.[1]

The CitationJet did not succeed in the competition which was won by a variant of the Pilatus PC-9 which became the T-6 Texan II.

Specifications

Data from [1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 40 ft 8 in (14.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
  • Empty weight: 4920 lb (2232 kg)
  • Gross weight: 7400 lb (3357 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Williams-Rolls F129 turbofans, 1500 lbf (6.672 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 311 mph (500 km/h)
  • Range: 1209 miles (1944 km)
  • Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,668 m)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Taylor 1996, page 128

Bibliography

  • "Cessna, Williams, FlightSafety team enters JPATS competition". Defence Daily. 25 November 1992.
  • Cessna all-out to complete JPATS". Flight International,23–29 June 1993. p.40.
  • "Cessna notches up first-flight double". Flight International, 5–11 January 1994, p.5.
  • "Joined Forces" Flight International, 29 June-5 July 1994. pp.26—28.
  • "JPATS flight tests to start in July".
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's.  
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