THE GULFSTREAM G650ER: WORLD’S FASTEST LONG-RANGE BUSINESS JET
In the past weeks Gulfstream released two amazing videos of their G650ER Business Jet, an extended-range version of the G650. With more than 90 speed records, the G650ER also holds the world record for the farthest, fastest business jet flight in history, besting the previous record by more than 40 minutes.
On March 29, 2019 the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER flew from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona in 15 hours and 23 minutes. That’s 44 minutes faster than the previous record, set by Bombardier’s new Global 7500 Business Jet only 4 weeks earlier on March 4, 2019.
The Gulfstream Business Jet departed Changi Airport at 4:53 A.M. (Local Time) on March 29, and arrived in Tucson at 5:16 P.M. (Local Time), covering the 8,379 nm at an average groundspeed of 626 statute miles per hour. This also bested the 8,152-nm distance flown earlier in March during that same Global flight.
“Worldwide, you can’t go farther faster, and this record proves it,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “With 350 aircraft in service, the G650 and G650ER show day in and day out that they are class-creating and leading aircraft that set the standard when they were announced and continue to do so today.”
The Gulfstream G650 is a twin-engine business jet, designated Gulfstream GVI in its type certificate. It can carry from 11 to 18 passengers. Gulfstream began the G650 program in 2005 and revealed it to the public in 2008. The G650 is the company’s largest and fastest business jet with a top speed of Mach 0.925.
The aircraft project was named the 2014 winner of the Collier Trophy, for having “strengthened business aviation through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety.” The G650ER is an extended-range version of the G650. The 300th was delivered in April 2018, just over 5 years since introduction in December 2012.
(Head image: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation)