Tue, Aug 12, 2003
001 Lifts Off Ahead of Schedule
The first production CJ3
(serial number 001) took its first flight three weeks ahead of
schedule. The 1.5 hour flight took place on Friday.
The CJ3 departed from McConnell Air Force Base and landed at
Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. This first flight of the Serial
001 aircraft was performed using a standard production first flight
profile. This included the full range of airspeed from stalls to
MMO, and coupled approaches.
This aircraft will be used primarily for avionics development
and certification. Cessna has dedicated three Citation CJ3s to
certification endeavors: a production conformed prototype, serial
number 001, and 002. The prototype made its maiden flight on April 17, 2003, and
has already logged over 83 hours. Flight tests underway include
climb performance and roll control
Recent CJ3 program accomplishments are the successful completion
of the low and high speed envelope expansion, mating of the wing to
the fuselage on CJ3 serial number 002, completion of the first
customer specification session, and painting of the prototype. The
CJ3 team has also begun static testing.
The first major airframe article assessment of the tailcone and
empennage was completed in late June. All static testing is
expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2004.
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