Thursday, July 20, 2023

Second Gulfstream G800 jet performs a first test flight

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday the company has successfully performed the first test flight of their second G800 aircraft.

The second Gulfstream G800 took off on Saturday, at 9:27 a.m., and flew for 3 hours and 26 minutes reaching a top speed of Mach 0.935.

The second G800 flew out of Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters on a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel and marks a new phase in the G800’s path to certification and customer deliveries.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, said the flight test team continues to make advanced strides forward with the new jet.

“The G800 will bring the industry’s longest range to customers around the world, and we are seeing strong demand for this capability alongside the cabin comfort and quality Gulfstream is known for,” Burns said in a company press release.

The second G800 flight test aircraft is dedicated to environmental control systems, avionics and flight controls and builds on the more than 1,600 test points already accomplished by the first G800 flight test article.

“Thanks to the design philosophy behind our next-generation fleet, the G800 is also benefiting from the excellent progress we continue to make in the Gulfstream G700 flight test program,” Burns said.

The G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles/14,816 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.90 and features class-leading fuel efficiency with its combination of the Gulfstream-designed advanced high-speed wing and winglet and all-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines.

Designed to seat up to 19 passengers, the G800 offers up to four living areas or three living areas with a crew compartment.

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