Pilots often nickname airplanes they love and, conversely, ones they dislike. There’s “Spam Can” for Cessna pistons and there’s the denigrating “Fork-Tailed Doctor Killer” for V-tailed Bonanzas; one of the most derisive is “Slow ’Tation” for Cessna’s entry-level jet. It’s hard to believe, but some folks malign the Cessna Citation as a “near jet” and use other less-than-flattering descriptions.
In a way, it’s hard to accept the Slow ’Tation moniker for what really was the first very light jet. Conceived in the late ’60s as an eight-passenger Learjet competitor capable of a 1,300 nm range, the Citation’s cruise speed of 335 knots beat all the light- and medium-piston twins in speed and range. Another significant factor in the Citation’s favor was single-pilot certification, either owner flown or with one professional pilot.