Sixth Citation Airlift Starts This Weekend
Some 325 Cessna Citations will take part in the sixth Special Olympics Citation airlift over the next two Saturdays in Lincoln, Neb. According to the Wichita aircraft manufacturer, one Citation will land or take off every two minutes for 10 hours each of these days as part of the Special Olympics USA National Games. More than 800 athletes from around the U.S. will be flown in to compete this Saturday and will then be transported home a week later. The airlift is sponsored and managed by Cessna Aircraft, while many Citation owners and operators are donating their airplanes, pilots and fuel to transport athletes and coaches to the games. “For these world-class athletes, the airlift is their only means of transportation and the only way for them to have the opportunity to compete as world-class athletes,” 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games president and CEO Charles Cooper noted. “Arriving and departing on Cessna Citations is one of the most exciting experiences these athletes will have during the week of the games.” More than a year of planning has been done by hundreds of Cessna employees, the FAA, Lincoln Municipal Airport officials, Lincoln FBOs, volunteers from the Lincoln business community and the Special Olympics organization, Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said.