Anyone familiar with the private jet industry knows about Cessna’s line of Citation business jets: economic, private jets that consistently stand out in the market. The Citation 1 S/P is the single-pilot version of the original, turbo-fan-powered business jet in, what has come to be, the successful Citation family. The original Citation, after many changes and developments, penetrated the market in 1977 due to its ability to operate out of short airfields and at modest speeds, all at a low cost. (Its list price ranged from $790,000-$960,000.) In 1985, Cessna discontinued the Citation 1.
Initial changes to the design of the Citation 1 included thrust reversers, a longer wingspan (47.1 ft) and higher operating weights, and were conducted in the last stages of development to ensure maximum competition with other similar jets of its time. Two Pratt & Whitney of Canada JT15D-1/A/B turbofan engines were chosen for the Citation 1. With each rated at 2,200 lbs of thrust, they provide a considerable amount of power to fly the small jet.
Cessna originally installed ARC analog radios in the Citation 1 The jet is equipped with dual Collins VHF 20 comms, VIR 30 navs, ADF 60's, the Sperry APZ 500 autopilot and Bendix RDR 1100 radar. Although advancements and improvements have been made to models since the Citation 1, it still has a lot to offer in terms of performance. The Citation has a maximum payload of 2,097 lbs. Its maximum takeoff weight is 11,850 lbs to reach a flight ceiling of 41,000 ft.
The Citation 1 S/P’s single-pilot configuration allows room for an extra passenger in the right seat of the flight deck. The “tight” cabin, measuring 12.7 ft in length, 4.9 ft in width and 4.3 ft in height, can seat six passengers. In addition, it contains a full-width lavatory and a small galley/refreshment center.
In short, Cessna’s original Citation offered performance at a reasonable cost, when there was a definite need for a sensible, entry-level business jet. Between 1971 and 1985, over 690 of the highly-popular Citation 1’s and Citation 1 S/P’s were built.