The Gulfstream V (or GV) is a large cabin ultra long range business jet produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. The GV is based on the Gulfstream GIV but is designed to achieve ranges of 7000 miles – unprecedented at the time of its launch in 1995. The first deliveries of the Gulfstream GV were in 1997 and by that time the jet had already set nearly 40 speed and/or distance records. The development team was awarded the Robert J Collier Trophy for putting into service the world’s first ultra long range business jet. The NAA award is undeniably the highest honor in the aeronautics and aerospace community in North America.
Gulfstream introduced a number of dramatic changes to the GIV platform when creating the GV. The most obvious to the observer may be the stretched fuselage but most important to the increased range was the new wing design and BMW Rolls Royce engines. The advanced high speed wing design was CAD developed and is rooted in NASA developed computational fluid dynamics. The fuel-efficient FADEC engines provide over 15,000 lb thrust each and are renown for their low cabin noise and reliability.
The Gulfstream GV was later upgraded to the special purpose GV-SP and eventually redesignated as the G550 in 2002 when Gulfstream renamed its products using Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals to differentiate its aircraft. The GV-SP or G550 has a greater maximum take-off weight than the original GV. A shorter range variant of the G550 was produced and designated G500. Both the G500 and G550 feature upgraded cockpits and improved engines.
The cabin features up to four distinct living areas with at least three separate temperature zones. Oversized windows are nicely positioned throughout for abundant natural light and 100-percent fresh air is circulated to ensure a comfortable environment that minimizes jet lag. The living spaces are highly customizable including options for forward or rear galley or even two galleys, private rear bedroom, and separate groupings of seats for working, dining, or entertaining. Everything is thoughtfully designed and finished with the finest materials. As far as connectivity is concerned, every amenity you need to run your office from the air is available.
Technical specifications are as follows:
The Gulfstream GV is equipped with two Rolls Royce BR 710 engines rated at 15,385 lb thrust each.
Performance specifications are as follows:
The Gulfstream GV has a maximum cruising speed of 561 mph (904 km/h) with an typical cruising speed of 528 mph ( 850 km/h) . The range with eight passengers and three crew is 7400 mi (12,045 km).
Dimension specifications are as follows:
The GV overall length is 96ft 5in (29.4m) and height is 25ft 10in (7.87m). The aircraft has a wingspan of 93ft 4in (28.5m). The internal baggage compartment can hold 226 cubic feet and is accessible in flight.
Weight specifications are as follows:
The Gulfstream GV has a maximum takeoff weight of 85,100 lb (38,601 kg) and maximum payload is 6,500 lb (2,948 kg). With full fuel load, the payload limit is reduced to 2,500lb (1,134 kg).
Internal specifications are as follows:
The Gulfstream GV cabin length is 50ft 2in (15.3 m), height is 6ft 2in (1.85 m) and the width is 7ft 3in (2.2 m). The cabin has a number of configuration options to accommodate 12 to 18 passengers in executive style seating. Configurations often include a four-place club, a four-place conference/dining with table, a number of full length divans that also serve as beds, a variety of accompanying cabin furniture for entertainment, work, and storage, and even the option of a rear bedroom.
The cabin features a full-sized well appointed rear lavatory with shower, a second forward lavatory, two galleys, entertainment system with cabin monitors and stereo speaker system, complete office suite with wireless network, high-speed Internet, and satellite communications.
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