In the runup to the 2012 election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did a lot of stumping for then-Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. And many of the Republican Christie’s trips were by private jet.
Introduced in 1996, the Citation X is a medium-sized, long-range private jet produced by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.
Cessna produced the Citation X from until 2010, when it introduced an updated version called the “X+.”
We don’t know which variant of the Citation X was ferrying Christie from campaign stop to campaign stop. But it doesn’t entirely matter because the Citation, in either the X or X+ version, is a very nice plane.
The $US20 million aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers in its spacious cabin. The range is nearly 4,000 miles. The Citation X+ is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce turbofan engines, each producing more than 7,000 lbs of thrust.
This yields a maximum speed of Mach 0.935 — very close to transonic velocity — making the X+ the fastest civilian aircraft in the world.
The Citation X+ is one of the most advanced private jets in the world.
Its fully customisable interior offers its passengers a spacious and luxurious way to travel.
It’s even got a full bar.
The Citation X+ requires a crew of two pilots. They get to work in this modern, touch-screen-controlled cockpit.
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