Gulfstream's New Flagship Jet
Gulfstream Aerospace has announced its new flagship business jet -- the G650. Propelled by the new Rolls-Royce BR725 engine, the aerodynamically advanced G650 can climb above air traffic congestion and bad weather to an altitude of 51,000 feet and has a range of 7,000 nautical miles at speeds of 0.85 Mach, with a maximum operating speed of 0.925 Mach -- fast enough to claim the title of the fastest civil aircraft flying. The new jet, which also leads the Gulfstream fleet in terms of cabin space, passenger comfort, reliability and enhanced cockpit technology, is expected to take to the skies for its first flight in the second half of 2009 with customer deliveries slated to begin in 2012.
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