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GULFSTREAM G550 SETS 22nd CITY-PAIR SPEED RECORD FLYING FROM MILAN TO BEIJING
The Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet Flies From Italy ’s Fashion Center to China ’s Industrial Capital In Less Than 9 ½ Hours
SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 20, 2005 -- A Gulfstream G550 business jet recently established a city-pair record between Milan, Italy, and Beijing, China – flying the 4,550-nautical-mile route in just under 9 ½ hours. Once the record is officially recognized by the National Aeronautic Association, it will mark the 10 th city-pair speed record for the G550 this year and the 22 nd city-pair speed record for the ultra-long-range aircraft since it first entered service in September 2003.
The G550 took off from Milan Malpensa Airport at 2:53 p.m. local time on Dec. 12. It flew 4,552 nautical miles, landing 9 hours, 26 minutes later at Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:19 a.m. local time the next day. The G550 was flown at an average airspeed of .85 Mach and experienced a 23-knot average tailwind.
Four crew members flew the G550. Larry Mueller, senior international captain, was pilot-in-command, while Tony Briotta, international captain, served as second-in-command and Roy Wellington, international captain, was relief pilot. Flight Attendant Kim Buckelew managed the cabin. There were four passengers on board for the trip.
Through the end of September 2005, Gulfstream had delivered 66 G550 business jets. On Oct. 17, 2005 , Gulfstream announced it had commenced initial-phase manufacturing of the 100 th G550. That aircraft is scheduled to receive its Certificate of Airworthiness from the Federal Aviation Administration in the first quarter of 2006 and to be delivered to its owner, NetJets International, in mid-2006.
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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 1,500 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 G350 ™; the large-cabin, long-range G450 ™; 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 7,200 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
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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.