Friday, 19 December 2014

The next Manx Gulfstream G450

It's been nearly a month since the last new Gulfstream arrived at Ronaldsway. G450 M-WONE (4319) arrived this morning and is seen departing to Farnborough where we believe it will be based. Caught by Alex Henthorn.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Malaysian G550 seen at LGB

Thanks as always to Michael Carter for this shot of G550 9M-TMJ (con unknown) at Long Beach yesterday. Appears to carry the flag of the State of Johor so may be replacing a certain G4.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Another Manx G650 delivered

G650 M-INSK (6096) was delivered to Ronaldsway IoM today. Caught arriving by my regular photographer Alex Henthorn.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Another special mission Grumman

Raytheon and Calspan Corp. have recently been using Gulfstream 3 N710CF (448) as an aerial platform to test a new electronic warfare jammer. See raytheon.com
picture via Raytheon


Sunday, 16 November 2014

New G450 for Pakistan?

An interesting movement at Luton yesterday. "Pakistan 4270" arrived from Islamabad on the way to Washington-Andrews AFB. It is the former VP-CHH and the serial displayed on the tail is the con number. Interestingly, it was using the hex code of G450 J-756. Thanks to James Ronayne for his picture.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

G650s being converted to ERs

The first G650 has now been officially re-designated a G650ER on the US register. N524EA (6012) is the first one. Hopefully future conversions will also be updated. Keep an eye on registry.faa.gov/
N524EA arrives at Palm Beach in early 2014


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Thai flag spotted at LGB

G550 N580GA (5480) was caught by Michael Carter carrying a Thai flag on the tail. This currently has N550KP reserved so will be interesting to see if this appears on the Thai register or not.
UPDATE N580GA cancelled to Thailand on 9th December so N550KP not taken up.
Delivered through Luton 13/14 Dec as HS-KPI. See my picture


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

G2 engine test bed

1972 build Grumman Gulfstream 2 N900DH (111) is currently flying with a SNECMA Silvercrest engine on the right side and the original Rolls Royce Spey on the left. This new engine will eventually power the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Cessna Longitude.
See www.ainonline.com
via AIN Online


Thursday, 16 October 2014

1st G650 for China

Thanks again to Michael Carter for sending this shot of Hong Kong registered G650 B-KEY (? c/n) at Long Beach yesterday. Scheme suggests this will join (or replace) G550 B-KID.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More from SAV

Frederick K. Larkin was lucky enough to be invited to Savannah yesterday and has sent me these pictures of G500 N500GA. Also, a bonus shot of FKL's ride to SAV.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

New models announced today

Gulfstream have today announced 2 new models at Savannah. The G500 and G600. See gulfstreamnews.com
See the video of the presentation at Youtube
picture courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace
For the first time, Gulfstream have moved away from engine supplier Rolls Royce and will use Pratt & Whitney PW800s. The G600 will have a range of 6200nm (G550 = 6000nm). The G500 will have a range of 5000nm (G450 = 4200nm). Other major change is no yoke, just a sidestick control. G500 N500GA was introduced to the press today.
Qatar Aw have signed a MoU for up to 20 G500 and G650ER. See gulfstreamnews Flexjet have ordered up to 50 G450, G500 and G650. See gulfstreamnews
 
Deliveries of the G500 slated for 2018 with the G600 about a year later.
picture via AIN Online