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PH-CTG Cessna 500 Citation c/n 500-0234 - RLS / RLD Flight Inspection - Groningen Airport Eelde - 8 October 1990 more at Groningen Airport Eelde

The Cessna 500 Citation is a twin-engine executive jet aircraft for 2 crewmembers and up to 6 passengers. The Cessna 500 Citation was the successor of the Morane-Saulnier MS-760 Paris II and the HFB-320 Hansa in service with the RLS. The Rijksluchtvaartschool operated seven Cessna 500 Citations. The Cessna 500 was the standard jet trainer operated by the KLM Luchtvaart School and its predecessor the Rijks Luchtvaart School in the period 1972-1997. However the aircraft were primarily used for flight instruction, the Dutch Government used the aircraft also as VIP-transport. The Rijksluchtvaartschool was owned by the Dutch Government before it was sold to the KLM in 1991. As the RLS was, the KLM Luchtvaart School is based at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. The KLS was renamed to KLM Flight Academy.

The 1974-built Cessna 500 Citation c/n 500-0234 PH-CTG (ex N234CC) was also operated as a calibration aircraft for the RLD. As calibration aircraft, it was the successor of HFB-320 Hansajet PH-HFC, that was phased out in 1985. Next to the titling, the special tasks of Citation PH-CTG are visible by the electronics bubble on the roof. On the picture the PH-CTG wears next to the RLD titling, the revised RLS colours. Cessna 500 Citation was registered PH-CTG in the Netherlands by the Dutch Government on behalf of the Rijksluchtvaartschool on 26 March 1975. After almost for 22 years being operated in the Netherlands, registration PH-CTG was cancelled on 19 February 1997 and the Citation was registered N70CA in the USA on 24 June 1997.

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