- The History of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
- In depth descriptions of the G-IV and the G500
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is an American aircraft company and a subsidiary of General Dynamics. Gulfstream Aerospace designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services business jet aircrafts. GAC has produced over 2,000 aircrafts since 1958. The most notable Gulfstream consists of the G280, G550, G600 and the G650. The company that evolved into Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation started in the 1950s, when Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co developed a twin turboprop business aircraft. This aircraft was known as the Grumman Gulfstream I which could seat 12 passengers, had a maximum speed of 350 mph and a range of 2,200 nautical miles.
The Gulfstream GIV was designed and built by Gulfstream Aerospace from 1985 until 2018. Over 900 units have been produced and the last G450 was delivered on January 19 2018 after 365 deliveries over 12 years, ending a 30 year production run. The first GIV made its flight on September 19, 1985. The model received type certification from the FAA on April 22, 1987. The wings have a weaker, more swept outboard shock resulting in a lower cruise drag. These aerodynamic improvements result in an increase in range of over 300 nautical miles.
The Gulfstream G500 are twin-engine business jets designed and manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace. The G500 was taxiing under its own power and it first flew in 2015. The G500 has an average fuel burn of 430 Gallons per hour and has a maximum range of 5,300 nautical miles. Also, the G500 has a minimum take off distance of 5,300 feet compared with the G600 requiring at least 5/700 feet to take off.