Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Random Gulfstream photo #9

This time, one from my own collection. G2 N83M (135) was at Washington-National (as it was known then) in September 1977. The 3M Company operated G1s, G2s, G4s, G5s and currently G550s. Hopefully new models will eventually join the fleet.

Friday, 21 October 2016

G450 production to end

Gulfstream have today announced it will end production of the G450. This will pave the way for the introduction of the new G500. The G450 followed on from the G4 and G4SP and more than 870 of these have been produced. The last G450 is expected to be delivered in early 2018.
C-GFCP (4047) arrives at Palm Beach in February 2015

More weather related news

G650 N827DC (6174) was last night cancelled from the US register. It's last tracked flight was on 24th July 2016 from Riverside, California to Colorado Springs, Colorado. On the 28th July, Colorado Springs was hit by a severe hailstorm. "The size of baseballs" was quoted and N827DC is understood to have been damaged beyond repair. It will probably now be used for parts.
N827DC arrives at Portland on delivery 3rd May 2016 by Russell Hill

Sunday, 16 October 2016

"New" Aruba registered G3 spotted

G3 N702DM (428) was cancelled to Aruba on the 5th October. Has appeared at Tires in Portugal and was caught by Joao Sa Pessoa on 15th October carrying the registration P4-BFJ.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Continuing the theme

More than 50 years after the first flight of the G2, thought I'd share a couple of old pics taken by Las Vegas resident photographer Dave Budd back in 2007. Enjoy.
N2JR (131)

N218SE (116)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

2nd Korean G650 delivery imminent

G650 N612GD (6212) was seen recently at Long Beach performing a test flight. In the colours of LG Electronics, it is expected to take up the marks HL8299 on delivery. Will join (or replace?) an earlier G550 HL8288 (5295). Both pictures taken by Michael Carter with the G550 being back in January 2013.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Random Gulfstream photo #8

This lovely action shot of G650 9H-SSK (6195) was taken at Luton recently by Alex Peake. It was heading for Moscow but Alex reported that it looked more like it was just going to nearby Northolt it was up so quickly.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Gulfstream Savannah evacuates

With the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew, Gulfstream have sensibly moved their aircraft inland from Savannah to Huntsville, Alabama. Local news stations are reporting 40 aircraft but a possibly more reliable source has quoted 23. I'm sure we all hope that everyone in it's path stays safe.

Update: Looks like most are returning on October 11th

Sunday, 2 October 2016

50 years ago today

The very first Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream 2  (N801GA con 001) flew for the first time on 2nd October 1966 at 1511EST (1911z) from Bethpage, Long Island, New York. Piloted by Bob Smyth and Carl Alber, the flight lasted 52 minutes and landed at the Grumman facility at Calverton. Powered by a pair of Rolls Royce Spey 511s with no problems reported. This would be the first of 256 of this model built and become N55RG. Production would move to Savannah in 1967 and initially there were 2 production lines until number 041 when this and all subsequent Gulfstreams were built at Savannah. More than 2200 jets have been built to date with many more to come.
via SDASM archives

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

G500 gains an extra window

It has recently come to light that the new G500 will have 7 windows instead of the original 6. The 5 test aircraft (appear to have) had 6 but with an area where the new one will go with a "cut here in emergency" area behind the rear one. If the G600 is not changed (from 7) it will be difficult to distinguish which is which.
image via Gulfstream Aerospace

Monday, 26 September 2016

1st G650 for the UAE

G650 A6-MAF (6203) arrived at Stansted late last night from Toronto. It was caught by Dave Lythgoe departing to Le Bourget this afternoon. An upgrade from a Falcon 7X which carried the same registration. The United Arab Emirates is now the 32nd different overseas register to have a G650 on it.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Savannah Nostalgia

It's a mere 39 years since I visited Savannah for the first (and currently only) time. 21st September 1977. It was certainly not as big an organisation that it is now and they only built one model at a time as opposed to the 5 as I type. The Grumman Gulfstream 2 was in production then and I was lucky enough to get a couple of pics. I even got a picture of the production line which I don't think you can do now. There was only one machine outside at that time.
G2 212 became N807GA and N551MD

G2 143 N334 John Galbreath