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G650 – The Fastest Civil Aircraft at M.925

On May 2, 2010, the Gulfstream G650 achieved mach .925 during its high speed testing at 42,500 feet. When certified, it will make this new business jet the world’s fastest civil aircraft. Gulfstream achieved buffet-free banking up to 45 degrees at high speed cruise.




Gulfstream 650

On May 2, 2010, the Gulfstream G650 achieved mach .925 during its high speed testing at 42,500 feet. When certified, it will make this new business jet the world’s fastest civil aircraft. Gulfstream achieved buffet-free banking up to 45 degrees at high speed cruise. The flight test program begun in November 2009 and has has accumulated 138hr over 48 flights since then. The G650 is expected to receive its Type Inspection Authorization from the FAA in the fourth quarter of 2010. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in 2012, and it fetches a price tag of about US$58.5 M.

Cessna Citation X currently holds the record for fastest certified civil aircraft, with a maximum speed of M.92.

G650 Dimensions

General characteristics

Crew: 2 pilots
Capacity: 11 – 18 passengers
Payload: 6,500 lb (2,950 kg)
Length: 99 ft 9 in (30.41 m)
Wingspan: 99 ft 7 in (30.36 m)
Height: 25 ft 4 in (7.72 m)
Wing area: 1,283 ft² (119.2 m²)
Aspect ratio: 7.7
Max takeoff weight: 99,600 lb (45,200 kg)
Powerplant: 2× Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR725 turbofan, 16,100 lbf (71.6 kN) each
Maximum landing weight: 83,500 lb (37,876 kg)
Wing sweep: 33 degrees

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 0.925 (530 knots, 610 mph, 982 km/h)
Cruise speed: Long range cruise: Mach 0.85 (488 kn, 562 mph, 904 km/h) Fast cruise: Mach 0.90 (517 kn, 595 mph, 957 km/h)
Range: Long range cruise: 7,000 nautical miles (8,050 mi, 12,960 km) Fast cruise: 5,000 nmi (5,750 mi, 9,260 km)
Service ceiling: 51,000 ft (15,500 m)


One Response

05.03.10

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Very good research, as usual.

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