Cessna Mustang Update

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The wing was mated to the fuselage of the prototype Cessna Mustang very light jet earlier this month, Cessna said. Five airframes are in various stages of assembly at Cessna's Pawnee facility in Wichita, Kan. Once completed, three airframes will be used for flight testing and two airframes will be used for structural testing. Cessna has already begun testing on the Mustang engine, avionics and autopilot, landing gear, environmental system, and flight controls. The airplane will be certified as an FAR Part 23 aircraft, with a cruise speed of 340 knots, and maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet. Cessna says it has received over 200 orders for the Mustang and will be taking a mock-up on tour starting today -- in Meigs-less (we're sure it's going to be a very nice park) Chicago. Announced Thursday, the 10-city mock-up tour begins today in Daley-ville, stops in Baltimore, then heads for Europe, wrapping up in May at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland. The traveling display features a full-size cabin with interior amenities and a fully functional cockpit equipped with the new Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The tour is a build-up to the first flight later this year, the company said in a news release.