Citation III Performance, Specifications and Comparisons


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Citation III

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The Citation III Medium Jet was manufactured by Cessna between 1982 and 1991. The cabin measures 18.4 feet long by 5.5 feet wide by 5.7 feet tall giving it a total cabin volume of 438 cubic feet. The dimensions make it comfortable for 8 passengers, with the maximum configuration seating 9. The baggage compartment can hold up to 7 bags, assuming your average piece of luggage is less than 5 cubic feet. The Citation III has a maximum range (subject to headwinds, high altitude, hot temperatures, or higher capacity) of 2363 miles and a maximum speed of 544 mph. Common names and abbreviations: CE-650, CE-650.
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  • Category: Medium Jet
  • Cabin Volume: 438 cubic feet
  • Baggage Volume: 51 cubic feet
  • Max Speed: 544 mph
  • Range: 2363 miles
  • Fuel Burn: 276 gph
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The Citation III, being the first of the Model 650 series, helped the later development of both Citation VI and Citation VII. Having success in sales, the Citations I and II were not high performance jets in comparison to their competitors.

Cessna decided to create a high performance, mid-sized jet to compete with other manufacturers. The first flight was on May 30th of 1979 with the second prototype flying a year later and FAA certification in 1982.

This aircraft is configured to fly with 2 pilots and 6 passengers and 9 passengers in some configurations. Its powered by a pair of Garrett TFE731-3B turbofan engines. It continued in production for 9 years until 1992 with a total of 202 Citation IIIs produced.

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