Cessna Citation X+ Sets New Speed Records

World's fastest civilian jet puts its speed to the test.

Cessna Citation X+ Speed Record
Cessna Citation X+ Speed Record
Cessna Citation X+

The fastest civilian aircraft in the world recently flexed its muscles with a series of record-breaking flights across the United States. The Cessna Citation X+, which received FAA certification in June, set four new speed records, include a coast-to-coast record from Seattle to Miami. The ultra-fast jet made the 2,375 nm trek in just 4 hours and 52 minutes, making for an average ground speed of 486.2 knots. The Citation X+ also set the speed record for the route from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to Boeing Field.

Cessna reclaimed ownership of the world's fastest civilian jet this summer when the Citation X+ stole the title from its previous holder, the Gulfstream G650. The X+, with a max speed of Mach 0.935, edged out the G650's max of Mach 0.925.

In addition to an increase in speed, the X+ features several improvements over its X predecessor, including performance-enhancing winglets and a longer, more spacious cabin. The X+ has an impressive max altitude of 51,000 feet, seating for 12 and a max range of 3,408 nm.

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