Gulfstream G280 claims another speed record

Terry Spruce

The Gulfstream G280 has claimed another record, its 54th by setting a speed record between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luton, England, completing the flight in seven hours.

The aircraft departed Gerald R. Ford International Airport near Grand Rapids at 7:43 a.m. local time and arrived at London Luton Airport at 7:43 p.m. local time, completing the 3,377-nautical-mile/6,254-kilometer journey at an average speed of Mach 0.82.

“This record demonstrates the G280’s ability to make nonstop transatlantic flights other aircraft in the class just can’t match.”

Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream said: “This record demonstrates the G280’s ability to make nonstop transatlantic flights other aircraft in the class just can’t match. That translates into substantial time savings for G280 operators.”

Pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association, the city-pair record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record.

The G280 can accommodate up to 10 passengers with the cabin environment that features 100 percent fresh air, a 7,000-foot/2,134-meter cabin altitude, best-in-class sound levels and 19 large windows.

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