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First Flight of the Gulfstream G600 12/17/16

Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:53 pm

Aircraft 73001 took to the skies for the first time this afternoon (12/17/16) in Savannah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDTjKGg96Oc
 
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Re: First Flight of the Gulfstream G600 12/17/16

Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:22 am

Nice. Heavily instrumented, I see.
 
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Re: First Flight of the Gulfstream G600 12/17/16

Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:52 pm

Beautiful! Another win for Gulfstream!
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Re: First Flight of the Gulfstream G600 12/17/16

Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:12 pm

Beautiful aircraft. What's the long thing on the nose? Looks like spear!
 
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Re: First Flight of the Gulfstream G600 12/17/16

Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:36 pm

seat1a wrote:
Beautiful aircraft. What's the long thing on the nose? Looks like spear!

Until the output tubes and other flight control instrumentation is certified, it is a backup set of airspeed, sideslip, angle of attack indication for the test pilots. Too many early prototypes were lost as they found out in flight a pitot tube would freeze or a new sensor had a new failure mode.

That 'spear' cuts the risk of losing the prototype by 20% or more.

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