Second, Third and Fourth Gulfstream G500 Join Flight Test Program
Just days after the first Gulfstream G500 test aircraft (T1) made its debut at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, the second and third G500 aircraft (T2 and T3) took to the skies for the first time.
T2 took off at 9:07 a.m. from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (ICAO: KSAV) on November 20, 2015. The aircraft climbed to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet/13,106 meters and reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.85.
T3 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 2:55 p.m. that same day. During the 2-hour-and-25-minute flight, the aircraft reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.85 and a top altitude of 45,000 feet/13,716 meters.
The fourth G500 test article, T4, flew on February 20, 2016. The aircraft climbed to a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet/15,545 meters and reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.925, matching the top certified speed of the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER.
“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made,” says Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “The amount of time and energy our people have invested in this program, both in the air and the labs, is what makes Gulfstream a leader in business aviation. The first flights of an aircraft attest to the fact that we’re closer to putting it into the hands of our customers and delivering on our promises.”
T4’s first flight represents a milestone in the aircraft’s development program. For the first time, Gulfstream has integrated a team of Product Support maintenance technicians with the Flight Test team to follow the aircraft through manufacturing and flight testing.
A fifth aircraft, P1, will become a fully outfitted production aircraft used to test the interior elements and the integration of aircraft systems with the passenger experience.
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