Cessna and the Citation’s link to the Kentucky Derby

Cessna Aircraft explained how its line of Citation jets got its name this week as the Kentucky Derby approaches.

The line was named after the Triple Crown racehorse, “Citation.”

In 1948, Citation won the Kentucky Derby, winning by three and a half lengths at Churchill Downs.

The thoroughbred went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown in 1948.

Citation was well known for the ease in which he handled, with no complications or handling difficulties, Cessna said.

More than 600 general aviation flights are expected to arrive in Louisville this weekend for the Kentucky Derby.

Cessna plans to have Citation aircraft on display at Atlantic Aviation, a fixed base operator at Louisville International Airport.

It also will have a mobile service unit at the airport to provide service if necessary.