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.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Poland orders a pair of G550s

The Polish Air Force have recently signed a deal with General Dynamics to provide 2 G550s for the VIP role. It is hoped that the first will be delivered in Q3 2017 and these will replace leased Embraer 175s. See

Malaysian G650 flies

G650 N616GA (6216) did it's first flight yesterday after being painted. This has previously been seen as 9M-ZZZ which it will take up upon delivery. Thanks again to Michael Carter as always for this lovely picture.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Latest Brazilian G650 appears

What I believe to be the first pic I've seen of G650 PP-ADZ (6190) was taken by Joao Sa Pessoa at Lisbon today.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Time to upgrade your G650

The old N515PL (6015) has now been registered N516PL to make way for the new N515PL (6219). Both were seen recently at Long Beach and were caught by Michael Carter.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

G600 nears first flight

The first G600 N600G (73001) has been moved to the Flight Test Centre at Savannah and the maiden flight is hoped to be completed "soon". See
picture via Gulfstream Aerospace

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
Update: N827DC has now been reserved for G650 6182 which is flying as N682GD.

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.