Gulfstream: The Pioneer of Business Jets

After 50 successful years, Gulfstream is the world standard in business aviation. More than 2000 aircraft have been produced since it was incorporated in the late 50’s. The Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation evolved from Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company. Grumman was known for military aircraft until they developed their first marketable business aircraft, the Grumman Gulfstream 1.

The aircraft was the first of its kind specifically designed for business travel. The G1 had seating for 12, a maximum speed of 350 mph and a range of 2200 miles. As a result of the success of the G1, Grumman developed the jet-powered Grumman Gulfstream 2 or G2. Nearly 40 countries operate Gulfstream jets today.

The performance, advanced technology, safety, reliability and adaptability has earned the aircraft the privilege of serving in all five branches of the US military. In addition to executive transportation, the aircraft has been reconfigured to serve in many perse applications. Gulfstream jets are used to ship priority cargo, maritime and aerial reconnaissance, medical evacuation and pilot and astronaut training.

Aviation International News named Gulfstream Product Support the best in the industry for 11 straight years, and number 1 in Professional Pilots Product Support survey 13 of the last 15 years. Gulfstream was the first to offer inflight, ultra-high-speed internet access via its Broad Band Multi-Link system. They were also the first to develop a method of reducing the sound of a sonic boom caused by “breaking” the sound barrier.

This system was named the quiet spike. To ensure that Gulfstream would be able to meet the growing demand for their products, they began expansion of their Savannah Georgia plant. The seven year $500 million plan resulted in 1000 additional jobs. Today, Gulfstream employs more than 13000 people over 13 major locations.

In May of 2014 it announced the new G650ER. This ultra-long-range aircraft represents an increase of 500 nautical miles over the range of the G650. The result is a jet with a range of 7,500 nautical miles. It has the longest range of any business jet. During testing, the aircraft set two speed records. First, the aircraft flew 6,947 nm from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, at an average speed of Mach 0.86.

When it landed the fuel reserves were in excess of the NBAA instrument flight rules. The flight took just under 15 hours. Then the G650ER flew from Hong Kong to Teeterboard, N.J., with an average speed of Mach .86 and again landed with excess fuel reserves.The amazing performance of the G650ER is due in part to its engines. The two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines that power the G650ER is the most advanced member of the BR700 engine series.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP-Aerospace, is a premier parts distributor of Gulfstream products. We strive to be a one-stop shop for all your spare parts requirements. Contact us today for a quote and one of our knowledgeable sales staff will be ready to assist you.


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