First Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet Set New Standard for Executive Travel

SAVANNAH , Ga. , June 18, 2007 – June 30 marks the 10 th anniversary of the entry-into-service of the Gulfstream V (GV). The first ultra-long-range business jet aircraft to enter the business aviation market, the GV was delivered to its first customer on June 30, 1997, at the company's Savannah headquarters.

“With its 6,500-nautical-mile range, high performance, safety and reliability, the GV quickly became the yardstick used by corporate aviation departments worldwide when measuring the value of business jets,” said Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream.

Along with being the first purpose-built, ultra-long-range business jet to enter service, the GV set the standard for executive travel with several other significant “firsts.”

The GV was the launch aircraft for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engine, which also powers today's in-production G550 and G500 business jets. The GV was the first Gulfstream aircraft to include Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) for engine operations, heated cabin windows, a three-zone cabin environmental control system and a vacuum lavatory.

The GV also was the first business jet to feature a 6,000 ft. pressurized cabin and the first Gulfstream aircraft to be certified at 51,000 feet by the Federal Aviation Administration. It also was the first installation and certification aircraft for the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System™. In terms of maintainability, the GV was the first Gulfstream aircraft model to adopt an MSG-3 maintenance schedule and the first to include a 20-year structure and 5-year parts and labor warranty.

Since its entry-into-service, the GV has established 35 city-pair speed records, and 23 performance records, all of which still stand today. The 191 aircraft in the GV fleet have flown more than 650,000 flight hours and have completed more than 250,000 take-offs/landings. The fleet leader, owned and operated by G5 Executive AG in Zurich, Switzerland, has flown more than 2,700 missions and more than 11,100 flight hours.

In addition to serving as an ‘office in the sky' for multi-national corporations, the GV is used by governments for head-of-state and executive transport, as a search and rescue plane, a military reconnaissance aircraft and a high-altitude laboratory for atmospheric research.

The GV was succeeded by today's ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550 and G500 business-jet models, which share the same pilot type ratings, numerous onboard systems and similar ramp profiles.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced some 1,600 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150 ®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200 ®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350 ®; the large-cabin, long-range G450 ®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500 ® and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550 ®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales ®. The company employs more than 7,900 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,600 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1 billion.  The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at

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