First-Ever Cessna Jet Produced Outside Wichita Rolls Out
This week, the Cessna Aircraft Company held a celebration
marking 10 years of producing Cessna's single engine piston
aircraft at the company's Independence, KS manufacturing
Over the past decade, more than 6,000 Cessna 172 Skyhawks, 182
Skylanes and 206 Stationairs have been built, painted, flight
tested and delivered to customers, since the company resumed
single-engine production in 1996.
"Cessna is known as the
company that teaches the world to fly -- more people have learned
how to fly in a Cessna single engine aircraft than in anything
else," said Cessna Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jack J. Pelton. "Cessna has made more than 150,000 single engine
piston airplanes, making Cessna's single engine fleet the largest
in the world."
The event, held Wednesday, was significant for another reason,
as well -- it marked the rollout of the first-ever Cessna jet to be
built outside of Cessna's plant in Wichita, a Citation Mustang.
Independence will produce all Mustangs, which are expected to
receive FAA certification by the end of this year.
"Our Independence employees should be very proud of this and of
all they've accomplished," Pelton (below) said.
In order to bring the Mustang to Independence, Cessna spent more
than $20.4 million in building expansion, adding more than 120,000
square feet to the already-huge SE plant. The expansion includes a
new flight test building, new paint facility and a new customer
center, with a showroom hangar where customers are first presented
the keys to their new airplane.
"The next 10 years look equally bright in Independence," Pelton
said. "I see us continuing production of our single engine aircraft
alongside the Mustang indicating continuing growth for Cessna in