Cessna’s Citation engineering and development philosophy has long been iterative, incremental, conservative — and indisputably successful. The Citation Excel and Citation XLS are two time-proven examples. When Bombardier launched its clean-sheet, leading-edge Learjet 45 in the early 1990s, Cessna had to respond quickly or risk losing a large chuck of the midsize jet market. Its answer was anything but clean-sheet. Engineers combined a shortened Citation 650 fuselage, a scaled-up ...

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