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The Cessna Citation III was the first of the Model 650 series of Citation jets, which are mid-sized, high-performance business jets. Cessna decided it needed a high performance, mid-sized jet to compete with the growing market of fast corporate jets. The aircraft is flown by a crew of two, and with a typical corporate interior will seat six passengers, although in a high-density configuration, it can seat up to 13. In 1983, just after the first aircraft were delivered to customers, the Citation III set several class records, including two time-to-climb records and an overall speed record.


Max. length
5.60 m
Max. width
1.68 m
Max. height
1.73 m
Max. speed
865.00 km/h
534.00 MPH
Max. range
3 770 km
2 340 m
Max. service celling
15 545 m
51 000 ft