- 01 Jun 2023
- Mike Chase
- Jet Comparisons
The Citation 500 is a Light Jet produced by Cessna typically seating five passengers. Built from 1972 to 1976, 348 units were produced, per JETNET data. According to Aircraft Bluebook’s data for Autumn 2022, the average price ranges between $200k (1972 model) and $250k (1976 model).
Cessna Citation 500 Jet Snapshot
Matt Harris - Editor, AvBuyer magazine
The Cessna Citation 500/Cessna Citation I light jet was the first offering in the Citation product line.
Improvements were added to the original Citation 500 (extra wing span and higher maximum weight) enabling shorter landing fields and prompting Cessna to rename the 1,300nm-range, five-passenger 500 the Citation
What makes the Citation 500 stand out?
The Cessna Citation 500 was built as a practical jet solution, with good handling characteristics and short-field capability. It has a balanced field length of under 4,000ft, per Conklin & de Decker. The Citation 500 was designed to compete with the popular light and mid-size twin turboprops of its day, and, operating with a pair of Pratt & Whitney JT15D engines offers a maximum range of 900nm.
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