Gulfstream G650 rolled out at Savannah
Gulfstream Aerospace today rolled out the G650, its new flagship business jet. The aircraft rolled out under its own power.
Approximately 7,000 people gathered at the new G650 manufacturing building for the aircraft’s debut. “We’ve all been looking forward to this day since we officially announced the G650 program last year,” said Joe Lombardo, executive vice president, General Dynamics Aerospace group.
The G650 offers the longest range, fastest speed, largest cabin and the most advanced cockpit in the Gulfstream fleet. It features an all-new fuselage cross section, allowing a wider and taller cabin than the previous top-of-the-line G550 model. The G650 is capable of traveling 7,000 nautical miles at 0.85 Mach and has a maximum operating speed of 0.925, which will make it the fastest civil aircraft flying. It can climb to an altitude of 51,000 feet, which allows it to avoid traffic and inclement weather.
First announced in March 2008, the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 remains on schedule for first flight later this year and is expected to be certified in 2011. Entry-into-service is planned for 2012.