Evolving from the prototype, FanJet 500, the first corporate jet to have flown in the 1960s, to becoming the Citation 500, the Cessna family of jets has undergone major changes and improvements in the years that followed. From planes which required a 2-man crew, to turboprop engines, they have advanced to developing aircrafts which only needed single-pilot capability (Citation I SP), before moving on to launching Cessna Citation II.
The Cessna Citation II was the Model 550 series of the light corporate jets that the company had made. Following the success of the Citation I, and using the same philosophy for the first batch of aircrafts, Cessna had now thought of coming up with a plane with a larger seating capacity. In addition, there was now a need for a more powerful engine, for faster speeds and longer flight ranges.
The Citation II was the direct offshoot of the Citation I. By October of 1983, the company announced that improvements to the aircraft would now be made. From the Citation II Model 550, it became the Citation II/SP, then recertified for single pilot use. Model 552 or T47-A, which followed this line, was then used by the United States government, specifically by the US Navy for “radar system training” and later by the US Department of Defense for “drug interdiction reconnaissance.” The first flight of the Citation II took place January 31, 1977.
By October of 1983, more improvements to the Citation II family were made. A year later, the II family had come into production and continued up to 10 years. It was high time to incorporate new technology at this point, so the Bravo line was born.
Among the improvements made in the Bravo line are the following. From initially being able to carry only 4-5 passengers, the aircraft can now carry up to 7 passengers. This brand is “Cessna’s personal jet line that has diverse applications, from charter services to small business shuttle services”.* The Bravo’s cabin can even be fitted to the specifications of the client.** It’s plush amenities include captain’s chairs and a full lavatory. Sound proofing is even made available, making it a good choice for the confidentiality of business meetings. High-tech communication gadgetry aboard the aircraft also allows for this model to be your “private jet office in the sky.”***
The aircraft’s design is similar to the earlier Citation models, and carries two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW530A turbofan engines. This enables it a maximum cruise speed of 430mph, thereby giving executives quick flights for mobility. It is fitted with “single-wheeled hydraulically retractable tricycle-type landing gear.”** Known for the trailing link system in the landing gear as well, it allows for smooth touchdown of the aircraft. It can take off from shorter runways, giving options for more businessmen to land is small airports. Citation Bravo flew April 25, 1995, but was not certified for commercial flight until a year later. The production of the Bravo line continued on until late 2006, whereby 337 aircrafts had already been produced.