Gulfstream G650 sets world record as Fastest Civil Aircraft

JetOptions has learned that the Gulfstream G650 flew at its proposed Mmo of 0.925 for the first time on setting the new world record for the Fastest Civil Aircraft.

The ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range flight-test aircraft took off from Savannah at 1:38 p.m. with Gulfstream’s chief test pilot John O’Meara and Senior Experimental Test Pilot Tom Horne at the controls. The aircraft reached its top speed of Mach 0.925 while at 42,500 feet.

“The G650 excelled at its top speed of Mach 0.925,” O’Meara said. “Even at near the speed of sound, the aircraft provides stable and precise handling characteristics. It’s very responsive to pilot input with fantastic maneuver capabilities. Turns can be initiated and completed without any onset of buffet.”

The G650 is a clean-sheet aircraft the US company calls the biggest, fastest and furthest-flying purpose-designed business jet yet.

The previous Guinness world record holder for the Fastest Civil Aircraft was the Cessna’s Mach 0.92 Citation X.

The World’s Fastest Civil Aircraft is expected to receive certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2011. It is on schedule to enter service in 2012.

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