Friday, 2 October 2015

G2 anniversary

49 years ago today, 2nd October 1966, the G2 flew for the first time. It was built and flown from Bethpage NY. N801GA (001) and the next 6 were all built here before production was moved to Savannah GA where all subsequent Gulfstreams have been built. N801GA became N55RG which was caught by Alex Peake at Luton in 2006.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Another British G650 spotted

G650 G-GSVI was spotted at Long Beach recently by Michael Carter. This will become the 4th G650 on the British register when delivered. It appears to be in the same scheme as Airbus A-330
A7-HHM so would presumably have a Middle East connection. We believe this is con 6160 but this needs to be confirmed.

New G550 seen at LGB

G550 N909GA (5509) has been seen recently at Long Beach by Michael Carter. This has N68989 reserved and is clearly in the same colours as G4 N89888. Lovely scheme!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

30 years of the G4

30 years ago today, 19th September 1985, the First G4 flew. 536 were eventually built and very many are still in service.
That first G4 became  N552WF (1000) and is seen landing at Farnborough in 2010.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

End of an era at Palm Beach

The regular sight of a G-159 Gulfstream turboprop landing at Palm Beach in Florida is now no more.
Phoenix Air, who operate the aircraft, have lost the contract and flights ceased at the end of July. Trackers show that N164PA (seen above and my last shot of her) positioned to Cartersville on the 31st. The G1C N195PA which returned to service at the end of April positioned there the following day.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saudi Medevac re-equips

The Saudi Armed Forces Medical Services recently took delivery of a 3rd new Gulfstream 450. They now operate HZ-MS4A (4313), HZ-MS4B (4324) and HZ-MS4C (4328). HZ-MS4B was caught yesterday by Westleigh Bushell at Stansted.

This organisation has had a long history with Gulfstream having received a G2 in 1980 HZ-MSD (256) followed by another in 1984 HZ-MS4 (103) along with G3 HZ-MS3 (385). These were followed by G4 HZ-MS4 (1365) and G5s HZ-MS5A (644) and HZ-MS5B (583).
It is expected that the G5s will be retired now that newer machines are in service.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Another G650 for the IoM register

The 12th G650 to be registered to the Isle of Man was delivered from Savannah to Ronaldsway this morning. M-BHBH is con 6132. It then departed to Nice and was caught (as always) by Alex Henthorn.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

G500 flight update

The new G500 has now flown 5 times and reached a height of 38 thousand feet and a speed of Mach 0.8. Info and pic from Gulfstream's Facebook page.

Monday, 15 June 2015

New G650s for Germany

2 new G650s have recently been spotted at Long Beach. D-AYSM is 6146 (confirmed by later pic as N646GD) and D-ADSK is believed to be 6143 but needs to be confirmed. Pictures by Michael Carter.



Friday, 22 May 2015

G500 flies

picture courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace
The first G500 (N500GA) took off for the first time from Savannah at 10.39 EST on 18th May 2015.The flight lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes and reached a height of 15,000 feet. Full details at

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A pair of Cayman registered G650s delivered in two days

G650 VP-CYL (6122) was delivered yesterday (13th May) from Savannah to Stockholm where it night stopped. It was caught departing today by Anders Nilsson on the way to Hong Kong.
G650 VP-CJJ (6123) is on delivery from Savannah as I type. Routing to Stockholm again. This is believed to also have a distinctive scheme.
G650 N898NC (6125) was delivered today to make 3 deliveries in 2 days.
*** The con numbers have been swapped since the original posting ***
UPDATE: VP-CJJ caught by Anders Nilsson 15th May, again departing to Hong Kong.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Egyptian G4s being replaced?

Have just been sent the attached picture of a pair of Egyptian G4s taken recently at Sharm El-Sheikh. The one on the right has had the flag, titles and registration removed suggesting this one may be withdrawn. The one on the left is SU-BPE.
Egypt has a fleet of 6 G4s, the first being delivered in 1998 and the last in 2004. Can anyone identify which one it is on the right?