After a year without a spotting road trip it was time to hit the road again. After some work related activities in Idaho I relocated to the Phoenix and Tucson area mainly for the stored C-20's at AMARG. But being in Arizona some other airfields where visited also. Then it was on to Los Angeles, Las Vegas for the NBAA and finally Miami and surroundings. Check out the trip report here!
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.
Gulfstream IV, 1175 has an interesting history serving various owners all over the world. It started it's career in Savannah (GA) in 1991 as N17588. In November 1992 the aircraft was delivered in Europe to Jet Aviation Business Jets in Switzerland as HB-ITJ. After a short return to GAC in 1998 another continent was ticked-off with the delivery to Associated Airlines in Australia (VH-CCA). From August 1999 untill June 2001 c/n 1175 was back in the US and serving Westfield Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace Corp as N18WF.
In May 2002 the aircraft was sold to Metropix Ltd. as G-EVLN. The ''EVLN'' in the registration comes from Sir Evelyn de Rothschild from Rothschild and Sons who is the personal financial advisor of Queen Elizabeth II. Rothschild and Sons is a British multinational investment banking company controlled by the Rothschild family. It was founded in the City of London in 1811. It is one of the oldest banks in the UK.
In January 2011 the latest adventure begun. GIV, 1175 relocated to Nigeria to serve Oranto Petroleum and it's chairman and founder Prince Engr Arthur Eze. Oranto Petroleum and it's sister company Atlas Petroleum are privately held and operate in the West Africa region since 1991 as exploration and production group for oil and gas resources.
Based at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (CA) near Los Angeles, N200ES is the second Gulfstream G650 for Earth Star Inc. / The Walt Disney Company. Other Gulfstreams in their fleet are G650 N100ES (6014) and G550 N900ES (5322).
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank (CA). It is the world's second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after Comcast. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show.
On its 70th anniversary, NBAA-BACE was held Oct. 10–12, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND). Click here or on the pictures above for a trip report.
Gulfstream G650 HB-JFP is owned by the Swiss watch manufacturer Patek Philippe. The aircraft started it's career as N626GD and was delivered for operation by Jet Aviation Business Jets in October 2016.
Patek Philippe has been perpetuating the tradition of Genevan watchmaking without interruption since 1839 and is still following the vision of it's founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Phillips. It is the last family-owned watch manufacturer in Geneva and HB-JFP caries the companies logo in it's tail.
Gulfstream G550, c/n 5305 had, before being delivered to the Mexican Navy, a short career as Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. demo-aircraft registered N550GD. As such it was present in the static display of the 2012 EBACE in Geneva. In Januari 2014 the aircraft was delivered to the Armada de Mexico - Mexican Navy as ANX-207 and was re-registered ANX-1207 in November of the same year. In april 2017 the current registration ANX-1201 was applied.
Every year at the end of January, Davos in Switzerland hosts the World Economic Forum (WEF). The meeting brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world. During the WEF, Zürich airport is the place to be for spotting the latest private and governmental Gulfstream jets.
In 2017 I visited Zurich for 2 days. Johan (JvR Spotter) was so kind to send me some great pictures! Just click on the Chinese Gulf above and go directly to the photo report.
On the 4th of July 2017, around 13:43 Gulfstream III YV2869 operated by SATA Aero del Ejecutivo ditched into the sea off Macanao, Venezuela. The aircraft was en-route from Caracas-Simon-Bolivar International Airport to Porlamar-del Caribe Santiago Marino International Airport in Venezuela. First flight of c/n 469 was in 1986 and the aircraft was delivered to the Jordanian Government on 23 December 1986. Wearing the civil registration JY-HZH and surrogate Royal Jordanian Airlines color scheme the GIII was operated by the Royal Flight of the Royal Jordanian Air Force until the end of 1997. After this, 469 served for various US companies like Hill Air and Falcon West before the aircraft was cancelled to Venezuela as YV2896 in April 2013.
Russia has five RA- registered Gulfstreams. Not that much for such a huge country but for tax reasons it seems more profitable to register an expensive aircraft in other countries like the Isle of Man. In March 2016 the second G650 was delivered to Russia. On 14 April it showed up in The Netherlands and visited the airports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. G650 RA-10204 (c/n 6170, ex N670GA) was delivered on 7 March 2016 to Sherbank of Russia. On March 5-6, 2016 the aircraft was delivered to Moscow-Sheremetyevo airport from Savannah (GA) .
So what about the other Russian Gulfstreams? RA-10201 is a Gulfstream IV-SP (1465) and was registered N465GA before delivery and registration to UT Air on 26 September 2002. RA-10202, Gulfstream G550 (5119, ex N519GA) was ferried to Russia in December 2006. The RA- registration was applied 12 December and the aircraft is used by OJSC Surgutneftegaz. RA-10203, Gulfstream G550 (5378) is also an UT Air aircraft. It arrived at Long Beach (CA) for outfitting on 4 May 2012. After retuning back in Savannah (GA) on 28 August 2012 it was registered RA-10203 on September the 5th. Gulfstream G650 RA-10205 (c/n 6114, ex N614GD) was delivered to OJSC Surgutneftegaz from Savannah (GA) on 27/28 March 2015.
This nice G650 is operated for Access Industries Inc. of New York (NY). Access Industries, Inc. is a privately held American conglomerate holding company that was founded in 1986 by Leonard Blavatnik, who is also its chairman and listed as UK's richest person in 2015. Access’s industrial focus is in three areas: natural resources and chemicals; media and telecommunications; and real estate. It is the owner of Warner Music Group. The LE in the registration stands for Leonard and his wife Emily, the owners of Access industries Inc. Also noted on 2 April 2016 at Amsterdam was Boeing 767, N673BF (23402) which is the Blavatnik family aircraft (BF stands for Blavatnik Family).
A visit to the Geneva Motor Show on 7 March 2016 also gave some time to check for Gulfstreams and as always..... Geneva never disappoints. Noted: 9H-GVI (6006), VP-BMP (6136), VQ-BHP (5268), HZ-MF3 (1520), N550PM (5252).
First flight of c/n 149 was July 17, 1974. The aircraft was written-off December 26, 1974 at Lome (Togo). For sure the shortest career of any Gulfstream!
Are there any Gulfstreams that every aircraft spotter would like to see or still needs? A certain Japanese GII maybe? Yes, but also the GIII's operated by the Indian Air Force. The three GIII's belong to the most secretive aircraft in the world. Not much is known about their active role and they are seldom seen outside India. Click on the picture to read the full story.
China, or officially The People's Republic of China, is rapidly becoming one of the world's Gulfstream hotspots. Over 100 Gulfstream airframes have a B- registration already and new aircraft are delivered almost every month. Before and after a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) aviation tour, Hong Kong and Beijing were visited. Goal? Score a lot of B-registered Gulfstreams!
Long Island was the place were it all started for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company. After being located in Baldwin, Valley Stream and Farmingdale, Grumman moved to Bethpage in 1936. From Bethpage Gulfstream history started with first flights of the Gulfstream I in 1958 and Gulfstream II on October 2, 1966. Shortly after that Grumman decided to move the production of Gulfstream aircraft to the current location in Savannah (GA).