Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. says it recently joined the wing to the fuselage on the first Gulfstream G600 flight-test plane.
The Gulfstream G500 flight-test program also achieved several milestones, the company said, including the program’s first Type Inspection Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The G500 flight-test program officially began May 18, 2015, when the first G500 flight-test plane, T1, completed its first flight.
Since then, the company said, T1 has reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.995 and a maximum altitude of 53,000 feet and recently completed its 100th flight. The test fleet, which includes four flight-test planes, has accumulated more than 800 hours of flying time.
“Achieving these milestones speaks to the maturity of both programs and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring these aircraft deliver the performance, safety and reliability we promised,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream.
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