Monday, 12 February 2018

Round-up 12/2

Another fairly quiet week with just a few snippets to report. G280 N139GA (2139) ferried Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 7th. New ERs on the register are 6288, 6292 and 6294. A new batch of greenie G650s added to the register with allocations now up to 6345. This is probably overdue as I see that 6316 flew for the first time last week. A busy week on my Zenfolio site with 12 pics added in the last week! Long may this continue. Link top right of page.
My only greenie G650 sighting. Geneva in 2012


Monday, 5 February 2018

Round-up 5/2

G650 N613GD (6313) ferried Savannah to Long Beach on the 30th. New 650ER upgrade is 6295. G550 N501GM (5561) delivered Appleton to Miami on the 31st. Guessing this is replacing G350 N502GM (4011) so should be a regular in these parts. A couple of G650 deliveries. N778AR (6289) flew from Savannah to St. Louis via Bradley on the 31st. VP-BOT (6284) flew overnight 2nd/3rd from Savannah to Rotterdam. The latter was caught by Ian Saunders. A recent article on an Algerian website talks about the late delivery of 3 G550s to the Algerian Army resulting in the need to obtain 6 MC27J Spartans from Italy to cover this. Seems that Raytheon doesn't have the experience to do the job. These would appear to be the 3 aircraft at Oklahoma City namely 5543, 5546 and 5550.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Flight Safety Gulfstream Update

Following my post at the end of last year, I have received some more pics from "Eric the Pilot" suggesting that the fuselage at Savannah is a G1 rather than a G2 as previously thought. An email to and from the expert Scott confirms that it is in fact the former N167PA (117). Thanks to both for helping solve this query.

Pics taken at SAV in January 2018


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Round-up 30/1

Another 2 weeks between round ups as I was in Zurich last Tuesday. G280 N238GA ferried via Stansted on the 18th. New upgrades to G650ER are 6283 and 6289. Another possible first flight was G550 N572GA (5572) on the 25th (as GLF62). Reports are suggesting that the 2nd Italian G550CAEW has been handed over in the last week or so. See israeldefense. Gulfstream have announced that a G500 will start a world tour shortly taking in 12 countries and ending in June. See report at gulfstreamnews.com
Gulfstream tails at Zurich last week


Friday, 26 January 2018

WEF Gulfstreans 2018

Have just returned from Zurich to catch the movements for the annual World Economic Forum. As usual, lots of Gulfstreams were present. My pictures will appear on Flickr in due course and they can be seen at the usual link top right of this page. May take a few days though. The weather went from pouring rain to nice sunshine and fortunately it was the latter when I did a ramp tour.
*** All pics now uploaded ***
A pair of G650s pass as they depart on runway 28


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Last G450 delivered

The last G450 was delivered yesterday bringing to an end the 4th generation of Gulfstreams. N607D (4365) flew to Richmond VA from Savannah following a handover ceremony. It is registered to Dominion Energy and joins another G450 and 2 G280s.
See gulfstreamnews.com
via GAC


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Random Gulfstream photo #21

Have been sent a picture of G3 K2960 (420) taken by Neil Harris as he left Delhi last February on his way home. This has been reported as VT-ENR but doesn't appear to carry this registration now. This was built as an SRA-1 demonstrator (N47449) and first flew in August 1984. It appeared at the Farnborough show a month later. It was delivered to the Indian Air Force via Luton in May 1987 where it was caught by my good friend John Lythgoe. It seems to have used VT-ENR for ferry flights to the States for maintenance. Used primarily for monitoring the border between India and Pakistan and presumably will be replaced by Globals. K2961 was also present during Neil's visit.



Round-up 16/1

G550 N571GA (5571) may have made it's first flight on the 8th. Did a 3 hour flight from Savannah as GLF90. Another IAI incident with G200 RP-C280 coming a cropper by overshooting the runway. No fatalities. See ASN Another ER upgrade has appeared on the register for N999HX (6253). First G650 delivery of the year. N651BA (6287) departed Savannah on the 12th for Charlotte to join sister ship N652BA (6130) with Bank of America.
N652BA at Luton in 2015


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Round-up 9/1

As expected, very quiet over the holidays so 2 weeks between my reports. G280 N137GA (2137) was ferried Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 1st. Gulfstream Savannah had to close for a couple of days as heavy snow hit the area. See AIN report Changes to the G1 fleet are few and far between as it's believed there are no more than 10 still in service. N164PA (054) has N170PA reserved on the US register suggesting there may still be some life in this one. Very sad to see reports of a G150 (OE-GKA 300) captain being killed when he went to open the door of his aircraft in Kittilä, Finland.
See ASN.  Reports are suggesting aircraft was pressurised but am sure the full details will be revealed eventually. The current G650 demonstrator (N650GA 6275) has N675GS reserved which was it's original test reg. As it's their only demo machine, it's understood that it will be leased back to Gulfstream for about 2 months pending the arrival of N650ER (6306). The last N650GD (6252) went to Canada in November but was seen just prior to that at Farnborough by Westleigh Bushell.


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Review of the year 2017

It's that time of year when we look back over the last 12 months. Another good year for Gulfstream. The 1st G650 delivery of the year was 6224 and the last was 6285 suggesting that about 60 were delivered. G550 deliveries have slowed but a little under 20 have been delivered. GAC announced the end of G450 production this year with 9 delivered and possibly only 2 more to finish. 25 G280s were ferried to Dallas from Tel Aviv. The latest, N336GA (2136), went via Belfast on the 18th December and was missed on my round up. The new G500 and G600 test aircraft continue to fly regularly and it is hoped the first G500 delivery is not far off.
Figures quoted are just estimates but 80 large cabin deliveries is a fair guess.
via GAC


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Round-up 26/12

As well as the delivery of G650 A7-CGD on the 21st, there were also 2 more deliveries that day. N709DS (6285) delivered Long Beach-Boise-Boeing Field and B-3271 (6280) delivered Savannah to Teterboro. Another G650ER upgrade was 6285. To finish off, am trying to identify the G2 forward fuselage located at Savannah carrying Flight Safety titles. Does anyone know which one it is?


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #20

Some old shots from the late 60s have recently been scanned by Robert Robinson who has kindly allowed me to show them here. Both were taken at Heathrow (south side). N214GP (003) was operated by the Gillette Co. and was actually the first Gulfstream I ever saw (in 1970). N375PK (015) was operated by Seagram's Whiskey, one of the world's largest distillers (at the time). It's head office was 375 Park Avenue, Manhattan hence the registration. It was re-registered as N77SW in March 75 (amended). It also became the first G2 to go behind the Iron Curtain (August 68). Thanks again to FK Larkin for his snippets.