The Cessna Model 560, more popularly known as the Citation V, is a straight-wing small utility jet that first flew in 1987. Although production ended more than 20 years ago, its examples are still commonly seen serving different roles, primarily as business jets for corporate travelers.
Despite being the largest straight-wing member of Cessna’s highly popular Citation family of small business jets, the Citation V’s maximum passenger capacity is a somewhat meager 6 when in corporate transport configuration with cushioned seats and folding tables (although admittedly, space for baggages is a reasonable 67 cubic feet). Nonetheless, this Citation variant has been hailed for being safe and efficient—characteristics that make it a favorite business jet of chartered air service providers even after the introduction of newer aircraft in the same category.
Although it was considered a larger and improved variant of the already commercially successful Citation II, the Citation V was inevitably destined to be improved upon in an effort by Cessna to capture an even bigger share of the steadily growing worldwide corporate traveler market. This led to the development and eventual manufacture of 2 variants which used the same airframe: the Ultra which had more powerful engines and the Encore which boasted greater range.