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The second Citation Ascend Achieves Milestone First Flight

Textron Aviation, parent company of Cessna Aircraft, announced the successful 

first test flight of the second Citation Ascend test article, designated P1, on June 13. This flight lasted 1 hour and 24 minutes, reaching 13,500 feet and 308 knots. The Citation Ascend program, which began in 2023, aims to upgrade the Citation Excel line of business jets, with P1 primarily used for certification and development testing. The program has accumulated over 400 flight hours. The Citation Ascend, introduced in May 2023, features new avionics, engine improvements, and interior upgrades, and is expected to enter service in 2025. 

Picture: Textron Aviation 


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