Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Round-up 27/6

The 21st was a busy day with G650 N666FH (6249) being delivered from Savannah to Aarhus in Denmark. It then continued to Beijing on the 23rd. G650 N650AJ was delivered from Savannah to Long Island (ISP). G600 N740GD (73004) made it's 1st flight to become the 4th of this model to fly. See pic below. The Polish AF G550 0001 (5547) arrived at Warsaw on delivery to be met by a water cannon salute. Lots of pics and videos on the net but this was my favourite. Youtube Video G650 M-VITB (6250) arrived at Bournemouth-Hurn on delivery on the 24th to replace M-VITA. Finally, it looks like G650 N766GA (6166) which was delivered in March 2016 and put up for sale has gone in to service as this appears to be operating EJM949 from Oakland to Luton as I type.
picture via GAC

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Another stunning Nike scheme

Have just been sent this picture of G550 N3546 (5421) at Long Beach today by Michael Carter.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Round-up 20/6

G650 N1875A (6248) was delivered from Savannah to Morristown (MMU) via Windsor Locks (BDL) on the 15th. G650 N626GA (6226) flew from Savannah to Los Angeles on the 16th. It then did a 2 hour flight returning to LAX before heading back to SAV. This has N500SA reserved so may be close to final delivery. G550 N547GA (5547) left Appleton for Bermuda on the 18th. See pic below. Was then cancelled to Poland on the 19th. G280 N33M (2122) ferried to the States via Stansted on the 18th/19th. Unusual for a greenie to carry the final registration.

As an aside, it may have been noticed that my Flickr account hasn't been updated in a while. I've now had to set up a new account and can be found under Gulfstreamchaser. Once I get some Gulfy pics on there, I'll put a link under my Welcome message.
picture via the Facebook page of the Polish Air Force

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Round-up 14/6

A gathering together of snippets that alone don't warrant a complete post.

The last G150 has recently been delivered. N126GA (326) was cancelled to San Marino on the 12th. Understand that G650 N277FL (6159) has become B-3277 but would like to see a picture to be sure. The latest edition of Aviation Letter reports a sighting of G650 B-3288 at Savannah last month. "Painted all over black and red". Sounds nice.  G650 N595TG (6246) became the latest delivery when it departed Long Beach yesterday for Detroit via Portland. G650 D-AYSM (6146) has joined the Maltese register as 9H-DTY. Will try and make this a weekly post but could depend on how my health holds up.
Seen at Malta today by Marc Clayton

Friday, 9 June 2017

Random Gulfstream video #1

I came across this video on YouTube recently and thought I just had to share it here. Would anyone out there like me to do more of these? It will only be now and then if I do and they'll just be the ones that make me go "Wow!" Any feedback welcome.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #16

Another in the series. G650 N650NB (6200) is seen blasting out of Van Nuys last month. Caught by Paul Suter and nicely showing off the elegant lines of this "top of the range" model. Many of Paul's pictures can be seen on my Zenfolio site and I am indebted to him for his efforts to make this a topical site showing off Gulfstream colour schemes and new registrations.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

California City Update

Paul Filmer recently visited California City where a number of G2s and G3s are ending their days. His collection of photos can be seen by clicking on this link. skippyscage.com/aviation/ca/ A few have registrations still applied while others have the con number stencilled on the nose. Still a sad sight.

Interesting to note that the G2 above (N706TJ c/n 212) was the same machine I shot on the line at Savannah in 1977 and this can be seen at Savannah Nostalgia

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Final G450 identified

The final G450 to be built has just had the registration N607D allocated to it. This will be build number 4365, the 365th G350/G450. The FAA register shows allocations up to 4370 but the last 5 on there will not be built. This model followed on from the G4/G400 which had a run of 536 which means the 4th generation of Gulfstreams will just exceed a total of 900 which will be a record that is unlikely to be bettered. My 200th blog post.
N820AV (4002) was shot by Jason Hamm at Little Rock in 2009

Friday, 26 May 2017

Movie Star?

G650 M-OVIE (6247) arrived at Farnborough yesterday on what appeared to be a training flight. It was caught by Graham Wasey.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Saudi G4 fleet departs

5 of the 6 Gulfstream 4s operated by Saudia have recently been transferred to Jet Midwest, probably for parting out as the oldest is nearly 30 years old. HZ-AFU (1031) became N431TL, HZ-AFV (1035) to N435TF, HZ-AFX (1143) to N143PK, HZ-AFY (1166) to N166JM and HZ-MFL (1128) to N428BC. This just leaves HZ-AFW (1038). These have now been replaced by Falcon 7Xs.
HZ-MFL in June 2008 and HZ-AFX in September 2006. Both at Luton.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

G500 arrives for EBACE

G500 N505GD (72005) arrived at Geneva this evening from Le Bourget to become the first of this type to visit the annual EBACE show. Although a G500 visited Farnborough last year, this is the first one fully fitted out to visit Europe. It was caught by my good friend Westleigh Bushell. Also, see gulfstreamnews.com

The G500 flew from Savannah to New York to Paris rather than direct to Geneva to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. The G500 set a speed record of 7 hours and 40 minutes compared to Charles Lindbergh who took 33 and a half hours. Appropriately, the G500 averaged Mach 0.90. See gulfstreamnews.com

Hampshire Aviation Update

G650 M-OVIE (6247) arrived on delivery this morning to Hampshire Aviation at Bournemouth-Hurn. It joins G550 M-USIC (5394) and G280s M-ISTY (2085) and M-INTY (2086). Falcon 2000EX M-CHEM is the only non Gulfstream aircraft and probably has the most appropriate reg as Hampshire is the flight department of INEOS Group AG of Rolle, Switzerland, a privately-owned chemical company. It is also believed that they were looking closely at the new G500 so may be an early customer for this model.