560XL Citation XL
560XL* was basically a new design with Cessna V wings and tail.
It has the
shortened, 8 passenger fuselage, a la the Citation III. Power is
supplied by two 3,800 lbst
turbofans. The prototype (N560XL) first flew on 29 February
Larkins photographed the above example at Buchanan Field, Concord, CA
* The XL bit puts me in mind of a "Be careful what you name it" joke:
It seems as if this large,
garrulous woman and her hen-pecked husband went into a Ford dealership
days when they sold the big Crown Victoria series) and spent all day
looking at cars. Event-
ually deciding on one
she told her husband, before signing, that she wanted one more look at
After perambulating the vehicle one more time she grabbed the
unfortunate little chap and hastily
scurried from the showroom.
"What happened?", he asked, " I thought you liked that one" .
she harrumphed, "if you think I'm driving around in
a car with 'XL' on the back you've got another
Presumably this connotation did
not bother Cessna when they labelled the Excel.