Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2976 times:
Today I was over by SFO and saw what looked to be to be a G550 in a white c/s. The a/c took off from the 28 runways but the thing is that it took a very sharp right turn right after it passed the freeway. When entering it's turn the number one engine (the left one) had a substantial amount of dark smoke trailing out of the engine. The a/c in question was one that I had seen the day before departing from 10R and was easily id'd by it's c/s.
I used to live on a bluff looking straight down the 10s/28s, don't think this SID existed at the time. Damn planes would fly right above our house (pretty close too, being that we were on the top of a bluff), shook the entire place. This was in the early 1980's. Wonder when they put this SID into effect; seems like it exists specifically to placate residents living where I was.
I'm tired of being a wanna-be league bowler. I wanna be a league bowler!
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
I hate to break it to you, but there are a TON of gulfstreams out there with a similiar c/s. As for the name designations, Gulfstream changed them when they aquired the Astra and Galaxy, which are now the G-100 and G-200 respectively. They changed the names of their current products to give the entire line similiar names. The G-550 is actually the G-V SP which I believe just recieved it's certification and has yet to end up in customer hands. The only external difference between the G-V and the SP is an extra window.
If the plane you saw was a G-II or G-III which is possible unless you really got a good look at the engines it is very possible that what you saw was those RR speys coughing out some smoke, which they are very good at. The only real way to tell the difference externally is by looking at the windows(the G-II isn't as sleek), and both have the smaller Tay engines versus the Spey on the G-IV(G-400). The G-V has a much greater wingspan than any other model and this is the way I differentiate between the II-IV and the G-V.