SAVANNAH, Ga., June 7, 2011 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s G150 demonstration aircraft recently showcased its long legs, establishing a city-pair speed record between Anchorage, Alaska, and Savannah. The aircraft also set two additional records when it traveled from Hong Kong to Nagoya, Japan, and back again. Gulfstream's first aircraft in the midsize category has now established 13 speed records since setting its first in 2006.
The G150 departed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 11:51 p.m. on March 18 with Gulfstream International Demonstration Captains Santiago Koritschoner and Nicholas Rose on board. It traveled 3,196 nautical miles (5,919 km) and landed at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport 7 hours and 19 minutes later. Its average speed was 494 mph (795 kph).
"The G150 is a midsize workhorse," said Larry Flynn, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, Gulfstream. "This flight showcases the aircraft's ability to traverse the continent with ease, making it the ideal jet for both short- and long-range trips."
One week earlier, the G150 set a record between Hong Kong and Nagoya. The aircraft left Hong Kong International Airport at 10:11 a.m. on March 11 with Koritschoner and Rose at the controls and one passenger on board. The aircraft arrived at Nagoya Airport 3 hours and 12 minutes later.
The same crew left Nagoya for the return trip to Hong Kong at 2:52 p.m. March 11. The aircraft then traveled 1,503 nautical miles (2,784 km) to Hong Kong International Airport, landing at 7:05 p.m. local time. Its average speed was 391.29 mph (630 kph), with headwinds of 126 mph
The wide-cabin, high-speed G150 set two records in 2006, one when it traveled from London to Cairo in 4 hours and 58 minutes, and again when it traveled from Cairo to Dublin in 4 hours and 45 minutes.
The National Aeronautic Association has confirmed all three records and forwarded them to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland for approval as world records.
Source: GULFSTREAM G150 SETS THREE CITY-PAIR SPEED RECORDS
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