General Dynamics’ Gulfstream G700 has completed its first flight, demonstrating the program's maturity and officially launching its flight-test program. The G700 departed Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1:19 p.m. EST, Feb. 14, 2020, and landed two hours and 32 minutes later. The aircraft made the flight on a blend of sustainable aviation fuel.
"The G700's first flight is a momentous occasion and the next step forward in Gulfstream's vision for the future, a vision that has been guided by the strategic leadership of our parent company, General Dynamics, and the innovation of the Gulfstream team," said Gulfstream president Mark Burns.
The G700 was introduced as the new industry flagship in October 2019. The program includes five already manufactured flight-test aircraft and a structural test article that has completed load testing.
The G700 features 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows and up to five living areas. The aircraft introduces an ultra-galley with more than 10ft of counter space and a crew compartment or passenger lounge; an ultra-high-definition circadian lighting system; speakerless surround sound; and a master suite with shower.
The G700 is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and refined with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and an all-new winglet. The aircraft can fly at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 for 6,400nm (11,853km) or at its long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 for 7,500nm (13,890km).
The G700 also includes the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck with electronically linked active control sidesticks, extensive use of touchscreen technology, and Gulfstream's Predictive Landing Performance System.