SAVANNAH, Ga., - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced that the new long-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test program. Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream's next-generation fleet to take flight and make progress toward customer deliveries.
The G800 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 9:00 a.m. EDT and landed there two hours later. The aircraft made the flight using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel.
The G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles/14,816 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.90 with with an eye on fuel-efficiency from the combination of the Gulfstream-designed, advanced high-speed wing and all-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines.
The G800 also features the latest in Gulfstream's cabin technology a high-definition circadian lighting system; 100% fresh, never recirculated air; a plasma-ionization air purification system; and 16 of the the largest windows in the industry. Designed to seat up to 19 passengers, the G800 offers up to four living areas, or three living areas with a crew compartment.
The G800 is equipped with Gulfstream's next-generation Symmetry Flight Deck and dual head-up displays featuring the new Combined Vision System, which includes Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision System imagery, further enhancing safety and pilot situational awareness.
"When the first G800 test aircraft rolled out at our announcement last fall, we changed the game once again for our industry," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. "At Gulfstream, working closely with our customers allows us to continuously build on our successes and develop aircraft that exceed their expectations. The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment."