Remember the mid-2000s euphoria and hype about the Very Light Jet, the VLJ? It was started by Eclipse with its mass production plan for the EA500 with Cessna quickly moving to develop and launch the Mustang.

Now, 12 years after the Mustang started its production run, and with 470 aircraft delivered, Cessna has produced the final pony. It has been surpassed by the M2 as Cessna’s entry-level business jet.

“The Mustang proved to be an incredible success for our company and our customers, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the ingenuity and pride that went in to creating the world’s most popular entry-level light jet,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing.

Cessna M2
Above: Cessna’s Citation M2 has replaced the original Mustang. Top: Goodbye old friend, the final Mustang VLJ.

The M2 with a bigger payload was introduced in 2013 and has also been a success with nearly 150 aircraft delivered to customers around the world. The M2 has a more spacious interior with seats for seven, better in-cabin technologies, updated touch-controlled avionics and more powerful Williams FJ44 engines delivering a max cruise speed of more than 400kt. The aircraft is designed for single-pilot operation and features Garmin G3000 avionics.

Cessna Citation M2

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