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Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at daily.

Today’s Top Pick is a 1984 Cessna 650 Citation III.

Cessna’s first Citation jets broke new ground in the early 1970s with their forgiving flight characteristics, easy handling, passenger comfort, and economical operation. The only thing the straight-winged machines lacked, some critics said, was speed. Unflattering nicknames, such as “NearJet” and “Slow-Tation,” proliferated. The 650 Citation II put a stop to that with a new swept-wing design and record-setting performance.  

With the 650 Cessna focused its efforts on integrating high-end features that could give the new Citation the feel of bigger and more expensive airplanes. These ranged from a comfortable, surprisingly roomy cabin to trailing link landing gear known for smoothing out even fairly rough landings.

This 1984 Citation III has 9,931 hours on the airframe with 1,939 hours on the left engine and 1,741 hours on the right. The Honeywell TFE731-3C-100S engines are managed under the MSP Gold program. The aircraft is equipped with a Sundstrand T62T-40C7A1 APU and has made a total of 7,336 landings.

The panel features a PS Engineering PMA-8000E audio panel, dual Garmin GTN 750 GPS/Nav/Comms, Bendix/King KTR-953 radio, Garmin GWX 70 radar, Garmin TAWS B, Bendix/King TCAS, Goodrich WX500 Stormscope, Fairchild GA-100 cockpit voice recorder, and GTX 345R transponder with ADS-B In and Out.

Pilots who are interested in a jet with more cabin space and longer range than many light jets should consider this 1984 Cessna 650 Citation III, which is available for $1.2 million on Aircraft For Sale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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