The Cessna Aircraft Company is general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Best known for small, piston-powered aircraft, Cessna also produces business jets and became a subsidiary of Textron in 1992.  Textron Aerospace manufacturers planes in Wichita and Independence, Kansas; Columbus, Georgia; and Chihuahua, Mexico.

History of Cessna

The Cessna Aircraft Company was a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the United States. Its factory was located in Kansas and made small piston-powered planes, business jets, and turboprops. The company also produced several types of helicopters. Among the most famous aircraft were the 172 and the 185. These airplanes were popular with pilots and passengers alike. 

For much of the mid-to-late 20th century, Cessna was one of the world’s highest-volume and most diverse producers of general aviation aircraft. It was founded in 1927 and purchased by General Dynamics in 1985, later resold to Textron, Inc. in 1992. In a 2014 acquisition, Textron purchased Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft corporations; Cessna ceased operations as a subsidiary company and joined the three distinct brands now produced by Textron Aviation.

Textron – Cessna Aircraft

Before it became a part of the Textron Aviation Group, Cessna was a pioneer in the American business aviation industry. Citation is the most popular light-jet line globally, with twenty-five total models. Owners and operators of Cessnas are particularly fond of the aircraft. A recent model of the Citation family, the XLS Gen2, can carry up to 12 passengers. Other improvements to this model include wireless management and improved cabin acoustics.

The Citation M22 is the company’s entry-level jet designed for private, corporate, and charters. It has touch-controlled avionics and in-cabin technology. The aircraft can cruise at 404 knots—the interior features category-leading craftsmanship and space for 7 passengers with LED in-cabin lighting. The company has also added more models to its current business jet lineup. The Citation XLS features a smaller, more efficient engine than the Citation II and has seating for 7 passengers.

Textron- Hawker Jets

The company has two subsidiaries that produce commercial aircraft. Bell Helicopter Textron is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, while the Cessna Aircraft Company is in Wichita, Kansas. The latter is best known for its Citation business jets, including the Citation X, which can fly at nearly the speed of sound. Textron has not announced plans to restart Hawker production or use the Hawker name for new business jets. But it could use Hawker technologies for its current production jets.

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