Improving how fast and how far an aircraft flies requires more than engineering a better way to make a jet soar. It also includes examining―even to a molecular level―every material used in manufacturing aircraft to develop something more advanced.
Gulfstream Special Missions
For mission-critical operations, no other civilian aircraft have served as long or as capably as Gulfstream.
Nearly 200 Gulfstream aircraft in 37 countries operate in support of government and military service special missions, including roles as head-of-state transports, airborne early-warning systems, and in support of international atmospheric data that had never been obtainable before a specially modified Gulfstream G550 went into service.
Since 1967, Gulfstream has been honored to serve all five branches of the U.S. military and other government agencies. Gulfstream aircraft have been used to train astronauts to fly the space shuttle and Navy A-6 crews as navigators, and as platforms to help hurricane hunters track storms.
Gulfstream aircraft provide on-demand dependability, speed and range, configurations and role flexibility and operation capabilities under extreme conditions. Those performance attributes for decades have made Gulfstream aircraft the unequaled choice for special missions platforms. In the United States, Gulfstream aircraft account for the majority of all large-cabin business jets delivered to the government since 1967.
Providing quality aircraft is only one aspect of Gulfstream’s dedication to military and government service.
Gulfstream has long maintained a Special Missions Program Office, staffed with program managers and project engineers with a unique understanding of and expertise in fulfilling the most demanding requirements, whether from domestic and international governments or defense contractors.
Once a customer’s mission parameters are defined, Gulfstream’s program office coordinates aircraft modifications and the installation of state-of-the-art equipment to meet specified purposes.
Gulfstream’s ability to modify airframes to unique special mission specifications is the result of decades of experience―the platform matters.
Special Missions and Technology
The Gulfstream G650 and G650ER distinguish themselves with another innovation―PlaneConnect Health and Trend Monitoring™ (HTM). For the first time in a business jet, real-time, parametric data is collected in flight and transmitted directly to preselected reviewers, including Gulfstream technicians and operators.
Gulfstream aircraft have maintained a dispatch readiness rating of higher than 99 percent for aircraft that support every branch of the U.S. armed forces.
More than 19 percent of the world's countries depend on Gulfstream aircraft to support government operations.