Sometimes it’s good to be late. For a gunfight, say, or embarking on the Titanic. Or for the launch of the business jet era. By the late 1960s, the JetStar, Sabreliner, Hawker 125, Jet Commander and 20-series Learjets were all firmly established in the marketplace and gaining. That’s when Dwayne Wallace, Clyde Cessna’s nephew and longtime head of the eponymous airplane company, finally decided the time was ripe for a Cessna general aviation jet. By then, the Wichita ...

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