Gulfstream G500 test aircraft completes its first flight
Gulfstream Aerospace has announced that the fifth Gulfstream G500 test aircraft has completed its first flight on August 5.
The aircraft is the first production test aircraft to be outfitted with a full interior and serves as the testbed for the cabin.
The G500 departed from Savannah-Hilton Head International airport with Flight Test pilots Brian Dickerson and Andy Martin and Flight Test engineer Dustin Johnson on board. The aircraft climbed to a maximum altitude of 48,000 feet/14,630 meters and reached a speed of Mach 0.84 during the 4-hour and 5-minute flight.
“This first flight of our G500 production test aircraft marks another significant event for the G500 program and Gulfstream’s history of delivering on our promises,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “This fully completed aircraft focuses on the passenger experience and ensures that we deliver the most reliable, comfortable and functional cabin environment on both the G500 and G600.”