On February 14, 2020 the Gulfstream G700 made its first flight, officially launching the flight-test program. The G700 (N700GA, c/n 87001) departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (GA) at 1:19 p.m. and landed 2 hours and 32 minutes later. The aircraft made the flight on a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel. The G700 was introduced in October 2019 with a full-scale cabin mock-up and an aircraft taxiing under its own power. The program includes five already manufactured flight-test aircraft and a structural test article that has completed load testing.
In December 2019, the United States Air Force (USAF) received one of two newest additions to the Gulfstream fleet with the delivery of C-37B, serial 18-1942 (c/n 5586), to Joint Base Andrews (MD). C-37B 18-1947 (c/n 5592) is on order. On 30 January 2020, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. was awarded an additional order for two more C-37B aircraft. Delivery is planned for September 2021.
On the 21st of October Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the G700 on the eve of the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas. During the event, Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.
The aircraft boasts the tallest, widest and longest cabin in the industry with leading range and speed capabilities. The G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.
In preparation for first flight, Gulfstream has already accomplished nearly 14,000 hours of lab testing in its integration- and cabin-test facilities, Systems Integration Bench and Iron Bird. The company has successfully completed ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight.
The G700 flight-test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway. (source: www.gulfstream.com)
On Monday 30 September 2019 a Gulfstream II crashed in Belize. The plane, identified as GII-B N511TL (c/n 199), was attempting to land on a dirt road near Blue Creek, Orange Walk, Belize, which
is right by a river on the border with Mexico. The plane didn’t carry a formal registration, but rather just had the letters “PVO” on one of the engines. When landing the aircraft broke in two.
Emergency services attending the aircraft found no signs of anyone around, let alone any personal belongings or cargo inside the aircraft.
Authorities now suspect the aircraft was being used to traffic drugs or other prohibited substances/items. First flight of c/n 199 was on 28 March 1977 as N829GA (Grumman). In April 1977 it was
seen 'Green' at La Guardia AP (NY) and in October the aircraft was registered to Warner Communications as N75WC and flew after that almost it's whole career for US customers. In January 1984 the
aircraft was converted to GII-B. In August 2019 it was canx as sold in Mexico.
Every year the 'DLR' (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; German Aerospace Center) organizes an open day for everyone interested in modern space exploration. The DLR has facilities in Cologne and Oberpfaffenhofen and this year the open day was held in the facility near Munich, which is known as the home of the European Galileo satellite navigation system control center. As the DLR HALO G550 research aircraft is also based in Oberpfaffenhofen this was the perfect opportunity to see this special mission aircraft up close. HALO was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. For all details on the history of the DLR HALO G550 check out the special mission section or click here.
A new VIP Gulfstream for the Zambia Air Force. N635GD (6335) was cancelled to Zambia on the 16th and took up AF001. It arrived at Basel on the 21st of November 2018 for outfitting.