Cessna 526 CitationJet

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526 CitationJet
Cessna 526 CitationJet.jpg
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 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. However, it was unsuccessful, with only two prototypes built.[1]

Design and development[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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

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


Data from [1][2]

General characteristics

  • 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 (20.6 m2) est.
  • Empty weight: 6,450 lb (2,925 kg)
  • Gross weight: 8,500 lb (3,855 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Williams-Rolls F129 turbofan, 1,500 lbf (6.7 kN) thrust each


  • Maximum speed: 311 mph (500 km/h, 270 kn)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.70
  • Range: 1,209 mi (1,944 km, 1,051 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,668 m) certified

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. ^ a b c d e Taylor 1996, page 128
  2. ^ Cessna JPATS Citation Jet


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  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-198-1.