The second Gulfstream G600 took air for the first time Friday, now it will soon begin flight-loads testing.
The second flight-test Gulfstream G600—S/N 73002 and registered as N720GD—took to the air for the first time on Friday afternoon, logging four hours, 26 minutes aloft. According to data from FlightAware, the new fly-by-wire twinjet flew 1,875 nm (mostly in a racetrack pattern off the coast from the Georgia-Florida border), reached its 51,000-foot ceiling and attained speeds up to 548 knots during its maiden flight.
“The addition of a second flight-test aircraft just 10 weeks after the first demonstrates the rigor and discipline inherent in our development programs and continues a cadence of accomplishments that will steadily move the G600 toward certification and entry into service,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Mark Burns. “Each milestone we clear validates the significant investments we’ve made in research and development, our ground-based labs and our flight-test capabilities.”