Feat Brings Aircraft's Total Records to Seven
Savannah, GA, Nov 16, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s new best-in-class G280 aircraft set three new city-pair speed records in June flying from Dallas to Teterboro, N.J., Teterboro to Jacksonville, Fla., and Jacksonville to Dallas. Gulfstream's new super mid-sized aircraft has now established seven speed records since setting its first in May.
"These new speed records demonstrate the G280's exceptional range and performance for our customers," said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. "We anticipate that it will set many, many more in the months and years to come."
The G280 flew from Love Field in Dallas to Teterboro Airport in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Its average speed was 493 miles per hour. On board were Chip Leonard and Brett Rundle, Gulfstream international demonstration captains; Rhonda Eschete, senior international flight attendant; and two passengers.
With the same crew and just one passenger, the aircraft flew from Teterboro to Jacksonville in 2 hours and 7 minutes at an average speed of 438 miles per hour. The group continued the flight from Jacksonville back to Dallas in 2 hours and 2 minutes, traveling at an average speed of 446 miles per hour. All three flights were at altitudes of 43,000 feet. The National Aeronautic Association has confirmed the records and forwarded them to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland for approval as world records. The G280 set four city-pair speed records earlier this year: White Plains, N.Y., to Dallas in 2 hours and 51 minutes; Dallas to Washington, D.C., in 2 hours and 20 minutes; Washington, D.C., to Geneva in 7 hours and 47 minutes; and Paris to White Plains, N.Y., in 7 hours, 40 minutes.
The G280 is certified to fly 3,600 nm (6,667 km) with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves, some 200 nm farther than the company announced at the program's launch in 2008. In addition to more range, the aircraft's balanced field length has been reduced from 4,960 feet (1,512 m) to 4,750 feet (1,448 m). This field length is an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200, the aircraft the G280 replaces.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150(R); the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200(R); the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280(R); the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350(R); the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450(R); the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550(R); the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550(R) and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650(R). Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales(R). The company employs more than 12,500 people at 12 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 93,500 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
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