Gulfstream’s flagship aircraft has set a new around-the-world speed record. The Gulfstream G650 recently completed the fastest westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft. This model, with it’s ultra-long-range and ultra-large-cabin, circled the globe in 41 hours 7 minutes, establishing a world record in the C-1.l aircraft class. The record was officially certified by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
This makes the G650 the fastest certified civilian aircraft and it has now set a total of 38 records since 2011. This latest record meant that the plane recorded an average speed of 568.5 miles per hour (915 kilometers per hour). The journey itself started in San Diego and covered 20,310 nautical miles. The G650 stopped in Guam, Dubai and Cape Verde and each leg was flown at Mach 0.90. This meant that the total time for fuel stops was approximately 1.5 hours.
Five pilots shared the duties and they were Horne, Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetjen and Eric Parker. Each pilot was on the aircraft for the entirety of the flight. The G650 also carried Kris Maynard who was the official observer for the NAA.
The record attempt started at 9:08 p.m. local time on July 1 2013, with the G650 leaving San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport. The airplane landed at Guam International Airport in 10 hours, 29 minutes. The G650 covered the second leg — Guam to Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport in 10 hours; the third leg — Dubai to Cape Verde’s AmÍlcar Cabral International Airport — in 8 hours, 52 minutes; and the final leg — Cape Verde to Brown Field in San Diego — in 10 hours, 10 minutes. The flight beat the previous record, set by a Gulfstream GIV, by more than four hours.
“This is a momentous occasion for Gulfstream and business aviation,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “This was an awesome display of the G650’s speed and range, two performance capabilities that help make this aircraft the industry standard since entering service in 2012.”
It is a fantastic achievement for Gulfstream and one that is surely set to revolutionise private jet business travel in the future.