Cessna 526 CitationJet
|Both 526 prototypes in flight|
|Role||Primary jet trainer|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||20 December 1993|
|Developed from||Cessna CitationJet|
The Cessna 526 CitationJet was a twinjet 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.
Design and development
The United States military issued a request for proposal for a trainer to be used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy. Cessna responded with the 526, based on its 525 CitationJet civilian business jet. The 526 and 525 shared 75% commonality including the wings, engines and landing gear. The electrical- hydraulic- and fuel systems were also common to the two types. The 526 had a redesigned fuselage featuring a tandem two-seat cockpit with zero-zero ejection seats; and a new empennage with a low-mounted tailplane instead of the 525's T-tail.
The prototype first flew on 20 December 1993 and was followed by a second prototype with its first flight on 2 March 1994.
- Crew: 2
- Length: 40 ft 8 in (12.40 m)
- Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
- Height: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
- Wing area: 218 sq ft (20.3 m2) est.
- Empty weight: 6,450 lb (2,926 kg)
- Gross weight: 8,500 lb (3,856 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Williams-Rolls F129 turbofan, 1,500 lbf (6.7 kN) thrust each
- Maximum speed: 311 mph (501 km/h; 270 kn)
- Maximum speed: Mach 0.70
- Range: 1,209 mi (1,051 nmi; 1,946 km)
- Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (11,000 m) certified
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Taylor 1996, page 128
- Cessna JPATS Citation Jet
- "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". Flight International.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-198-1.