The Citation aircraft line was introduced in 1972 as a low-cost, pressurized, fanjet-powered business aircraft. It was designed to operate from smaller fields previously accessable only to light turboprop or piston-powered aircraft. The improved Citation I was introduced in 1977. In January of the same year, the Citation II made its first flight and received certification in March of 1977. The Citation II incorporated a fuselage stretch of 3.75ft, increased fuel and baggage capacity, Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4 turbofans and a high aspect-ratio wing of increased span. The Citation II was replaced in 1984 by the Citation S/II, but production was later revived with deliveries resuming in 1987. The Citation II was certified under FAA Part 25, while a single-pilot version, the II SP was certified under Part 23 in July 1978. The Citation II was succeeded in production by the Citation Bravo in late 1996 after a production run of 729 aircraft.
The Citation II is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney of Canada JT15D-4 turbofans rated at 2,500lbs of thrust each. Inspection interval on the engines is 3,500 hours.
A typical avionics package for a Citation II today could indclude dual Collins VHF 20A comms and VIR 30A navs, dual Sperry SPZ 500 5″ flight directors and SPZ 500 autopilot, dual Collins TDR 90 transponders, ADF 60s, and DME 40s, Sperry AA 215 radar altimeter, King KLN 90B GPS and a Sperry Primus 400 weather radar.
The Citation II is a low-wing monoplane of aluminum monocoque construction and has retractable tricycle landing gear with a single wheel on each unit. Improvements over earlier Citations include a high aspect-ratio wing of increased span, a fuselage stretch of 3.75ft., increase baggage capacity, and longer range as a result of an increase in fuel capacity to a total of 5,009 lbs. usable fuel.
Cessna offered standard six, eight and ten-passenger configurations for the cabin of the Citation II. Maximum cabin height is 4.8ft, cabin width is 4.9ft.and length is 16ft. The Citation II is marginally quieter than earlier Citations due in part to the relocation of the engines farther aft on the fuselage.
|General||Citation II, CE 550|
|Category||Jet < 20,000 lbs.|
|Years Aircraft Manufactured||1978 – 1994|
|Serial Number Range||0004 – 0733|
|Retail High Price||$3,495,000.00 / 2,742,526.50€|
|Retail Low Price||$285,000.00 / 223,639.50€|
|Characteristics||Citation II, CE 550|
|Seating||2 + 6/11|
|External Dimensions (ft)||Citation II, CE 550|
|Internal Dimensions (ft)||Citation II, CE 550|
|Internal Length (Overall/Net Height)||16.0|
|Internal Width (Max/Floor)||4.9/3.2|
|Baggage||Citation II, CE 550|
|Power||Citation II, CE 550|
|Engines||2 P&WC JT15D-4|
|Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating||2,500|
|Data based on latest manufactured year|