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Gulfstream – What are They Manufacturing?

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing of business-jet aircraft. Since 1958, Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft. Its current fleet consists of the following models: G150, G280, G350, G450, G500, G550, and G650. Models formerly manufactured by Gulfstream are the G100, G1, GII, GIII, GIV, GV, G200, G300, and G400. All these formerly produced models are twin-engine business jets. The current fleet today is based off designs of these obsolete models. The G280 is based off the GII, the G350/G450 is based off the GIV, and the G500/G550 is based off the GV. Its newest design, the G650, is an ultra-long-range business jet that boasts an ultra-large cabin.

The Gulfstream G100, formerly known as the Astra SPX, is an Israel Aircraft Industries-manufactured twin-engine business jet that is now produced for Gulfstream Aerospace. In 2005, it was replaced by the G150. The G280 is also built by Israel Aircraft Industries and began delivery to users in 2012. It boasts several modifications, including increased cabin length, a new HTY7250G engine, and wing anti-ice provided by engine bleed air. It competes against Hawker 4000, Bombardier Challenger 300, and Embraer Legacy 500. The Gulfstream G500 and G550 were released into service in 2003, featuring increased performance and extended range of 6,750 nautical miles, due to reductions in aerodynamic drag, giving it the longest flight range in its class. It competes against the Airbus Corporate Jet, Boeing Business Jet, and Bombardier Global Express. The newest model, Gulfstream G650, is the fastest and most expensive product manufactured, clocking in at a top speed of Mach 0.925. The G650 program began in 2005 and was revealed to the public in 2008. This plane has such amenities as a full kitchen and bar and is also equipped with satellite phones and wireless Internet. This new jet will use the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine. It made its first flight in 2009 and began deliveries to customers in 2012.


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