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

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Random Gulfstream photo #7

My Canadian correspondent, Frederick K Larkin, has sent me this lovely portrait of G650 N13MS (6036) arriving at Toronto (CYYZ) yesterday from it's base (?) at Van Nuys.

Friday, 9 September 2016

200th G650 in service

G650 N650XA (6201) which is actually the 201st G650 built arrived at Luton this morning. It is operated by Aramco and was caught departing to Paris Le Bourget by Dave Lythgoe. Aramco's 2nd G650 N651XA (6211) should join the fleet in the next few months.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Another Swiss G650 soon

Michael Carter has sent me this shot of G650 N626GD (6206) returning from a test flight at Long Beach recently. Upon delivery, it will become HB-JFP and be the 3rd G650 on the Swiss register.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Latest G650 for the Manx register?

G650 N698GD (6198) arrived at last light today at Ronaldsway from Savannah. It is expected to join the Isle of Man register shortly. Captured by my man on the island Alex Henthorn.
Update: Registered M-ABJL on 1st Sept
Departed to Stewart NY on 2nd Sept

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

G450 deliveries

Deliveries of the G450 model continue to "tick over" recently despite the G500 being not far away which will probably replace it. Delivery of the 350th built can't be far away. N222NB (4348) has taken up it's new registration in the last few days and N312JC (4349) was delivered to Houston Hobby on the 29th of this month. Titles by the door include those of the Houston Astros, a local baseball team. The owner is Jim Crane which would explain the registration. It was caught by my man in Houston upon delivery.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Kuwait G650 fleet grows

G650 N689GA (6189) was yesterday cancelled from the US register as exported to Kuwait. This will become 9K-GGD and the 4th G650 to  be operated by the State of Kuwait. This is currently the largest fleet of the type anywhere in the world.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ivory Coast G550

G550 TU-VAE (5533) recently arrived at London Stansted for some maintenance. We expect this will be replacing their old G3. Picture kindly sent to me by Andrew Griffiths.

Friday, 19 August 2016

The ultimate test flight

On the 17th August, G650 N697GA (6197) departed Appleton as Gulf Test 17 on a test flight. This is nothing unusual but the route it took was quite special. The flight lasted 12 hrs 10 mins and reached a height of 49,000 feet (14,935 metres). Thanks to Flightaware for this graphic.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

New G650 for the Sultan of Johor

Michael Carter has sent me a shot of a recent G650 out of the paint shop at Long Beach. 9M-ZZZ is in the scheme of the Sultan of Johor. It will replace his G550 9M-TMJ (5493) which has been reported as being donated to a local football club next year. An earlier Gulfstream of his was G4 9M-ISJ (1106)
9M-ZZZ and N593GA were at Long Beach by Michael Carter and 9M-ISJ was at Luton in August 2014

Friday, 5 August 2016

5th G500 first flight

G500 N505GD (72005) flew for the first time today.