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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gulfstream G650 Sets New Speed Record

Woodrow Bellamy

Gulfstream's ultra-large cabin G650 business jet set a new speed record, completing the tastes westbound circumnavigational flight in 41 hours, 7 minutes, the airframe manufacturer said Monday. 
The flight began July 1 in San Diego, Calif., with stops in Guam, Dubai and Cape Verde traveling each leg at Mach 0.9. Both the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Federal Aeronatique Internationale confirmed the speed record for a C-1.l class aircraft in September. 
The G650 has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. 
According to Gulfstream, five pilots shared crew duties during the flight, which took the aircraft on a 20,310-nautical mile journey. 

“The aircraft performed flawlessly, which is what we expected,” said pilot-in-command Tom Horne. 


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