Cross-country Mission Proves G500 Capabilities


The Gulfstream G500 program has logged its longest test flight, a record achieved by a nonstop round trip over the continental United States.

As part of a mission to test its high-speed satellite communications system, the production test aircraft took off from Savannah, Georgia, and flew approximately 300 miles west of San Francisco, California—out over the Pacific Ocean—before heading back to Savannah.

The flight lasted 10 hours and 6 minutes and covered 4,808 nautical miles.

The G500, scheduled to enter service later this year, is designed to fly 5,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nautical miles at Mach 0.90.

The production aircraft, the fifth of five test aircraft, is designated specifically for cabin evaluation, including high-speed data performance.

As of mid-April, the G500 test fleet has logged more than 2,750 flight hours.