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Gulfstream G650: World's fastest civilian jet

Edward Green |
Even before it received type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Gulfstream G650 was racking up the records, thanks in large part to its Mach 0.925 top speed.

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The latest record it has claimed is for the fastest westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft, which the G650 completed in 41 hours and seven minutes.

The Gulfstream G650 is the flagship of the Gulfstream fleet. Introduced in 2008, the G650 will carry eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop legs of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km). That means it will link Dubai with New York and London with Buenos Aires. With its powerful Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the G650 will cover shorter distances at a speed of Mach 0.925. No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound.

The G650 comes standard with many advanced safety features such as Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II, the Head-Up Display (HUD) II and the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD). Its Planeview II cockpit comes equipped with a Triplex Flight Management System, Automatic Emergency Descent Mode, 3-D weather radar, Advanced Flight Controls - in short, a full array of sophisticated, next-generation technology to improve pilot situational awareness and enhance safety.

New Rolls-Royce BR725 engines provide higher thrust, better fuel efficiency, quieter operation, fewer emissions and longer maintenance intervals than the previous generation of engines. A new fuselage configuration and bonded fuselage material combine to produce a sleek, aerodynamic profile that is wonderfully efficient and roomier than any other traditional ultra-long range business jet.

Gulfstream engineers paid particular attention to the cabin environment. Longer, wider and taller than any other cabin in its class, the G650 living environment provides comfortable accommodations for up to 18 people. You can choose from 12 floor plans to configure the G650 to meet your specific mission requirements. The cabin can be configured with a four-place conference table with two additional seats across the aisle for meals or meetings for up to six people.

The company improved the quality of the living environment aboard the Gulfstream G650 by offering the lowest cabin altitude of any business jet – 4,850 feet (1,478 m) at the maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 feet (15,545 m) – to help reduce fatigue on long-range flights. New Cabin Essential package incorporates improved onboard lighting with advanced communications systems and enhanced redundancy of essential cabin systems for absolute reliability.

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