Cessna prototype performs as expected on first flight

21 February 2014

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company Cessna Aircraft Company said it has made a successful first prototype flight of its Citation Latitude midsize business jet.

The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear, pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities, stability and control. The test flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph (Mach 0.6). Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected.

Students attending Wichita State University on a Cessna-funded engineering scholarship were invited to watch the maiden flight at the Cessna´s telemetry monitoring station at the company´s headquarters. The station receives a live feed from the prototype aircraft, allowing engineers to monitor the flight´s progress and receive real-time systems updates. Seven aeronautical engineering students attended the session.

its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. Its website is at cessna.com.

Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. More information is available at textron.com.

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