The FAA cleared the way for deliveries of the ultra-fast Cessna Citation X+ this week after it granted certification to the speedy midsize bizjet.
With a top speed of Mach 0.935 (536 ktas), the Citation X+ has now displaced the Gulfstream G650 — which has a max speed of Mach 0.925 — as the world's fastest civil aircraft. The move puts Cessna back in front in the speed race, a position it held previously with the original Mach 0.92 Cessna X before it was upended by the G650 in 2012.
In addition to its higher speed, the new Citation X+ features a number of other upgrades over the original X, such as winglets, a lengthier cabin and an improved max range of 3,408 nm.
Powered by dual fadec-controlled Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 engines, the X+ can seat 12 and tops out at an altitude of 51,000 feet.
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