Cessna Marks Milestone with 400th Citation Mustang
The 400th Citation Mustang rolled off Cessna Aircraft’s Independence, Kan. assembly line on Friday, marking a milestone reached slightly more than five years since the first twinjet was delivered. “What an achievement for Cessna and for the employees in Wichita and Independence who engineer, design, support and manufacture this airplane,” said Citation Mustang and M2 business leader Brian Rohloff. “Mustang sales remain strong, pilots like its ease of operation and low operating costs.” According to Cessna, the entry-level jet is most commonly used for corporate business or personal travel, though many Mustangs are also employed as air taxis. In addition, Mustangs are increasingly being used for aeromedical transport and as jet trainers at airlines, it added. The average flight time for Mustangs in the worldwide fleet is 480 hours, with 45 Mustangs having logged more than 1,000 hours each. The $3 million twinjet was launched in 2002, followed by first flight in April 2005 and certification in September 2006. The first Mustang was delivered on Nov. 1, 2006, to Scott Aircraft of Fresno, Calif.