Spanish C550 Riat Volunteer

Cessna Citation

The Cessna Citation II is a light corporate jet which was built between 1978 and 2006. The aircraft built on the success of the original Citation by marrying its excellent low speed handling and short airfield performance with a higher cruise speed and an increased passenger capacity. The Citation II was used by the US Navy as the T-47A from NAS Pensacola as a radar systems trainer, 13 of the 15 T-47As were destroyed in 1993 when their hangar was set on fire.

The Spanish Navy operate three Citation IIs as a utility and logistics aircraft. All three are operated by 4 Escuadrilla who are tasked with a variety of missions ranging from VIP airlift, cargo transport, casualty evacuation and ship calibration. Their fleet of Citation IIs have recently been upgraded with a new glass cockpit. In 2007, the unit also acquired a Citation VII with increased speed and range.

4 Escuadrilla will be supporting the Spanish AV-8B+ Harriers which are appearing in the flying and static display at this year's Air Tattoo with one of their Citation IIs. It is not anticipated that the Citation II will be on static display over the weekend.

Photo Credit: RIAT Volunteer

On display