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GULFSTREAM G200 AND GV ESTABLISH SPEED RECORDS, RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL AERONAUTIC ASSOCIATION
Gulfstream Business Jets Set Eight New City-To-City Speed Records
SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 25, 2002 - The Gulfstream G200 (G200) and the Gulfstream V (GV) business jet aircraft were honored by the National Aeronautical Association (NAA) for establishing world-record flights for Speed Over a Recognized Course earlier this year. Representatives from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), accepted certificates for eight speed records from NAA president Don Koranda and Art Greenfield, NAA director - contest and records, at this year's National Business Aviation Association conference held Sept. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.
The large-cabin, mid-range G200, which seats up to 10 passengers, offers outstanding performance with its high cruising altitude of 45,000 feet, high speeds of up to Mach .85 and its nonstop range of 3,600 nautical miles, excellent climb and short-landing capabilities.
The following world records for Speed Over a Recognized Course were established by the Gulfstream G200 earlier this year.
1. Fort Worth, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 23 - 3,023 statute miles, 480.96 mph
2. Anchorage, Alaska, to Sapporo, Japan, on Feb. 23 - 3,003 statute miles, 477.18 mph
3. Nagoya, Japan, to Hong Kong on Feb. 20 - 1,640 statute miles, 367.26 mph
4. Manila, Philippines, to Singapore on Feb. 24 - 1,479 statute miles, 376.16 mph
5. Jakarta, Indonesia, to Melbourne, Australia on March 6 - 3,219 statute miles, 558.48 mph
6. Savannah, Ga., to Guayaquil, Equador on March 31 - 2,370 statute miles, 515.60 mph
7. Guayaquil, Equador, to Santiago, Chile on March 31 - 2,245 statute miles, 540.99 mph
The GV record-breaking flight on March 5, 2002, broke a 44-year-old record previously held by a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker. Flying from Tokyo to Washington D.C., the GV flew 6,739 statute miles at an average speed of 567.7 mph, shaving nearly two hours from the previous record.
The ultra-long-range Gulfstream V, which seats up to 19 passengers, offers one of the longest ranges in its class - up to 6,500 nautical miles. At a speeds of up to .885 Mach and a cruising altitude up to 51,000 feet, the GV set the standard for transcontinental business travel when it was introduced in 1995.
Roc Miles, Gulfstream director of demonstration and corporate flight operations, accepted the GV record-setting certificates for pilots Gregory Sheldon and Bob McKenney. Scott Evans, Gulfstream chief pilot G100/G200 sales demonstration, received an award and accepted other G200 record-setting certificates on behalf of pilots Kevin Bixler, Lanny Harwell, Paulo Jancitsky, Stephen Johnson, Brad Robinson and himself.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 1,300 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100®; the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300®; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500® and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 7,800 people at eight major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 54,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2002 revenues of $14 billion. The company has leading market positions in land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company can be found on the World Wide Web at www.generaldynamics.com.
NAA is a non-profit, membership organization devoted to fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and to promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically-advanced business jet aircraft.