G600 Takes Flight
On Dec. 17, the 113th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, the all-new Gulfstream G600 flew for the first time, accomplishing the milestone ahead of schedule.
“The flight went exactly as anticipated, thanks in large part to the investments we have made in our ground-based laboratories,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “This flight is the perfect way to wrap up 2016 and set the tone for a successful 2017.”
The aircraft’s maiden voyage officially launches the G600’s flight-test program. Two additional aircraft have been inducted into the flight-test center in anticipation of their flights early next year.
The G600 took off from the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1:50 p.m. and spent 2 hours and 53 minutes in the air. The G600 is scheduled to enter service in 2018, ahead of initial plans for a 2019 entry.