Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Round-up 17/10

A fairly quiet week but possibly to be expected with the NBAA going on. Talking of which, the full range was on show, as you'd expect. G650ER, G600, G550, G500 and G280. An 18th G500 added to the register and the 300th G650 received a reservation (N476V). G650 N251TD (6116) cancelled to the Caymans on the 11th and G280 N131GA (2131) ferried Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 16th.
G600 N600G debuts at the Las Vegas NBAA (via GAC)


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Round-up 10/10

A fairly quiet week, other than the 2 posts since the last round-up, possibly due to the NBAA at Las Vegas this week. G650 N288GA (6288) ferried Savannah to Appleton on the 4th. G500 N505GD departed London (Farnborough) on the 6th for Las Vegas to set a new city to city record. It later appeared at Henderson for the NBAA. 2 G650s in Deerjet colours have recently been seen at Long Beach so they soon may become be the largest operator.
Gulfstream have recently found that the G500 and G600 have exceeded their original performance targets and have a greater range than first thought. See gulfstreamnews.com Reports suggest this will delay certification but not deliveries.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Bumpy Gee Twos arrive in the UK today

A pair of Gulfstream 2s arrived at Mildenhall today from Lajes in the Azores just 15 minutes apart. Operated by L-3 Communications for the Missile Defence Agency. Believed to be here in connection with Exercise Formidable Shield. Thanks to Dave Lythgoe for sending me these pics. Fortunately, I was standing next to him and my efforts can be seen on the link top right. A wonderful sight.
N779LC (088) arriving as HALO 4 and N178B (120) as HALO 2


Friday, 6 October 2017

Flexjet receives 1st G650

The first of an order for G650s by Flexjet has arrived at Cleveland (CGF). It is not known how many they have on order although a 2nd is expected soon. We look forward to seeing them spread their wings and become a regular sight at airports around the world.
picture by @cuzac31
via a Flexjet press release

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Round-up 3/10

The end of another quarter so a few deliveries. G550 5557 delivered to Madrid as EC-MRL. G650 N650FX delivered to Bermuda on the 29th but seems to be struggling to get home. G650 6267 delivered to Hong Kong via Anchorage as T7-LKT using the callsign TBJ96. G650 N296GA (6296) ferried Savannah to Long Beach on the 2nd as GLF62. A picture of G650 OE-LEO has come to light as a future delivery. A 17th G500 added to the register. Yesterday (2nd) was the 51st anniversary of the first G2 flight hence the new header.
N557GD (EC-MRL) at Fortt Smith by Nick Thomas


Friday, 29 September 2017

50 years of Gulfstream at Savannah

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Gulfstream facility at Savannah in 1967. 19 G-1159s were previously produced at Bethpage NY. Those included c/ns 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 34, 35, 37, and 40. The last G2 to be built at Bethpage (c/n 40) first flew on December 12, 1968. The first G2 to be built at Savannah (c/n 8) first flew on November 15, 1967. So, there was a 13-month period during which G2s were being produced concurrently at the two facilities. All subsequent Gulfstream generations have been produced at Savannah, with the exception of the G100, G150, G200 and G280 models built by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Savannah in 1968 via GAC
N225MS (008) at Opa Locka in 2010. The first Savannah built G2

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Round-up 26/9

G650 N846CB (6269) was delivered from Appleton to Philadelphia (PNE) on the 19th. G650s 6267 and 6017 (N886WT) were upgraded to ER on the register. Am hearing that G450 OE-LAR has been cancelled to Azerbaijan and that 4K-LAR has been seen at Le Bourget. G650 N665GS (6265) cancelled to Mexico on the 25th. A stunning scheme.
N665GS by Nick Thomas at Fort Smith recently



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #19

My man at Jackson Hole (JAC) has sent me this nice shot of G650 N211HS (6003). Have a cup of coffee and enjoy the view.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Round-up 19/9

G650 N606GA (6266) was cancelled to China taking up B-3276 and G650 6272 was upgraded to an ER on the US register. G280 N229GA (2129) ferried from Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 17th. Good to see these appearing on a regular basis now.
It's now 32 years today since the first G4 flew although sad to hear that the first one (N552WF) is being parted out. Am therefore including a pic of the 2nd one built although not sure what the status of this one is.
N181CR (1001) at Las Vegas in 2013
 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Round-up 12/9

Greenie G650 N292GA (6292) flew Savannah - Long Beach as GLF09 on the 5th. It was followed by N686GD (6286) as GLF28 on the 6th. G280 N328GA (2128) flew Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 6th continuing westbound the following day. G650 6261 was cancelled to China on the 6th and the 16th G500 appeared on the register. G650 6266 was upgraded to an ER.
Hurricane Irma was the big news and Gulfstream Savannah played it safe by evacuating more than 30 aircraft to Fort Smith (FSM) in Arkansas on the 6th and 7th. Included in these was G550 N557GD (5557) in full scheme and sporting a Spanish flag. These are expected to return in the next few days.
N639GA (6239) cancelled to Malaysia this morning so this one looks to be finally moving. First seen back in February.
N328GA departing Stansted on the 7th by John Lythgoe


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Gulfstream selected for Compass Call replacement

L3 Communications has been chosen to supply the contract for the replacement of 14 Lockheed EC-130H Hercules in the Compass Call role which is basically a communications jammer. L3 will use the G550 which will be designated EC-37B in service. This has obviously upset Boeing and Bombardier who are likely to raise legal objections as L3 selected the Gulfstream rather than the US Government. See defensenews.com and af.mil for more info.



Friday, 8 September 2017

New G650s spotted

Have recently been sent a couple of "sneaky" shots of new G650s seen in the last few days. The first is N188W (6263) taken at Jackson Hole WY on the 7th. The contributor sounds like he'd rather remain anonymous. The 2nd shot is from Long Beach on the 6th by Michael Carter. A fair amount of heat haze but shows a nice scheme on N709DS whose identity is unknown at this time.