Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its latest jet, the Gulfstream G700, set 25 city-to-city speed records during its recent world tour. The records are pending certification by the american National Aeronautic Association and the FAI.
25 records to win over customers
Old recipes are always popular, which is how the 25 speed records accumulated by the Gulfstream G700 during its recent world tour could be summed up. What better way to promote an aircraft than with a speed record, especially if it's a business jet? The answer is: several speed records, and preferably from city to city in order to convince potential customers. So Gulfstream flew two fully equipped G700 production test aircraft to more than 20 countries on six continents to demonstrate the aircraft's performance capabilities, flexibility and comfort.
"The G700 world tour was a huge success," said Mark Burns, Gulfstream president. "We knew the aircraft would perform exceptionally well, and they have exceeded our own expectations for reliability and performance on many routes," he added. Notable records achieved by the G700 include Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 12 hours and 36 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90 at the start of the international portion of the tour. One of the planes also flew from Istanbul, Turkey, to Van Don International Airport in Vietnam in 9 hours and 2 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90. Then Riyadh to Melbourne, Australia, in 13 hours and 39 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87 and finally Christchurch, New Zealand, to Los Angeles in 12 hours, 13 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87
Records pending validation
A total of 53,882 nautical miles (99,789 kilometers) over more than 180 hours of flight time was achieved by the two G700-equipped aircraft. The round-the-world speed records are awaiting approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland to be recognized as world records.
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