Monday, 9 January 2017

1st G650 delivery of the year

G650 N624GS (6224) arrived at Ronaldsway IoM last night direct from Savannah. The stickers were removed today to reveal the registration VP-CER. Thanks as always to Alex Henthorn for sending this pic.
Update: Departed the following morning (10th) to Rotterdam

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Chinese market share of G650

There are currently 26 G650s based in China (including Hong Kong and Macau). There are a further 14 based in the Far East which represents about a fifth of all G650s delivered to date. This is therefore a vitally important market for the folks at Savannah. This figure is sure to increase this year. VP-CCW (6122) was caught by Keith Blackham at Luton earlier this week returning to Hong Kong.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Random Gulfstream photo #10

Today's picture is from Eric Parrott and brings another year to an end. Taken at Gatwick in June 1969 and shows G2 CF-HOG (007) of the Home Oil Company and was the first G2 to be exported. Eric continues to chase Gulfstreams and I'd like to wish him and all my readers a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Sultan's G550 arrives at Stansted

3 years after the Sultan of Johor's G4 arrived at Stansted causing much excitement, his G550 arrived there today for the first time. Due to be upgraded again to a G650 soon, this G550 has been reported as being handed over to the Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) football team next year which will become the first Malaysian team to have their own private jet.  Click to see my arrival shot
9M-TMJ seen shortly after arrival

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Christmas Greetings from St. Maarten

Christmas is the time that billionaires, high rollers and chilly Canadians visit the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. The runway of the Princess Juliana airport extends almost to Maho Beach which is famous for the spectacular arrivals that skim over the perimeter fence. Frederick K Larkin was lucky enough to visit here recently and he has sent me these great pics. Can I also take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Happy Christmas and a great 2017.

Monday, 19 December 2016

First G550 CAEW delivered to italy

The first of 2 converted G550s (con 5429) has been delivered to the Italian Air Force by IAI of Israel. Details via AIN Online
The 429 at the rear is probably the Israeli serial as it's supposed to be taking up MM62293.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

G600 makes it's first flight

The first G600 (N600G) has just taken to the air from Savannah. Took off at 1350EST as Gulf Test 11 and returned 2 hours and 53 minutes later. See
picture via Gulfstream Aerospace

Monday, 12 December 2016

Manx G650 finally appears

G650 M-GULF (6207) was delivered to Ronaldsway, Isle of Man approx. 7 weeks ago and has spent that time hangared. It has finally reappeared and was seen doing crew training this afternoon. Caught by my correspondent there Alex Henthorn.

Friday, 9 December 2016

New G650 seen at Long Beach

G650 VP-CVA was seen at Long Beach at the end of November. It was seen again yesterday as N623GA so is confirmed as con 6223. Both pictures by Michael Carter.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Belize pictures

Have recently been sent some pictures from Belize by Keith Parkinson. From a part of the world not greatly covered and all over 10 years old. Some of his Gee Twos and Threes have been added to the Gulfstream photo site The Panamanian G2 (with armed guards hence the sneaky shot) has been seen more recently at St. Lucie. The G4 is the 4th one built (1003).

Friday, 2 December 2016

37 years ago today

The prototype Gulfstream G-1159A G3 (N300GA) flew for the first time on 2nd December 1979 from Savannah. 202 of this model were eventually built. Rolled out on 21st September 1979, it and one other (249 and 252) were originally taken out of the G2 line and built as G3s. A slightly longer fuselage and new wings and the introduction of winglets. These proved so successful that many G2s were retrofitted with G3 wings and became G2Bs.
A busy week for anniversaries with last Monday (28th November) being the 21st anniversary of the first flight of the G5 in 1995.

Friday, 25 November 2016

7 years ago today

The prototype Gulfstream G650 (N650GA) flew for the first time on 25th November 2009 from Savannah. More than 200 are now in service and has become the most prestigious private jet on the market. Also, the 100th G650ER has recently been registered showing this to be a most popular upgrade.