In the early 1990s Cessna
decided to go after the turboprop market by offfering a smaller,
cheaper ($2.62 M in 1991)
pure jet aircraft. They estimated a market of some 1000
in this field. The machine
is not just a smaller Citation but was totally re-engineered.
changes include a supercritical aerofoil section
with natural laminar flow wings providing for
significantly reduced drag and the
installation of Williams International/Rolls Royce FJ44
turbofans. This new one is resident at Franklin
County Airport, North Carolina, where this
image was taken in 2004.