Country and hip-hop songs alike tout the most prestigious of aircraft, the G-VI. While it’s prolific
on the radio, I doubt it will ever make it to the runway. For decades, Gulfstream’s numeration of
new models followed Roman numerals with a G-II, G-III, G-IV and G-V. In the late 1990s, the
new models took on a different numbering scheme: G-200, G-450, etc. The biggest and most
prestigious of those is the Gulfstream G650, which first delivered in 2013. During its design
phase, company engineers strove for higher levels of performance, making gains in speed and
efficiency with a newly designed wing structure. The end result is a jet that approaches the
speed of sound, thereby enabling longer range. The same attention to detail is found in the
G650’s appointments, including a roomier cabin, highly advanced technology, and elegance
Long Range Capabilities Boost Productivity
Gulfstream touts a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85 for the G650, which has a range of
7,000 nautical miles when loaded with eight passengers. That makes an L.A. to London jaunt
more than 30 minutes faster than other large-cabin aircraft. The G650 also maintains a lower
cabin pressure than other non-Gulfstream aircraft in its class, enabling passengers to arrive at
the destination more refreshed and alert.
Speed Approaches Supersonic with Patented Wing Design
Close to supersonic speeds are possible primarily due to the G650’s wing design, improving
how the structure interacts with atmospheric air, thereby reducing drag and boosting both speed
and range. The design eliminates vortex generators, leading-edge apparatus, and exposed flap
hinges, all contributors to drag. The aircraft is also a showpiece for the newly developed Rolls-
Royce BR725 engines.
Stay Connected for Work or Entertainment
Like other aircraft in its class, the G650 offers several options for staying connected, including
high-speed data solutions, two satellite communications systems and a wireless local network.
You can print, surf the web, or participate in conference calls at 41,000 feet. When it’s time to
relax, media servers and a high-definition home theater system provide entertainment through a
sophisticated cabin management system.
Travel Luxuriously with All the Comforts of Home
The interior of the G650 is spacious and, at 8.5 feet wide, among the largest private luxury jets.
It’s also brighter than many models in its class, boasting 16 panoramic windows that allow
vitamin D-rich sunlight to flow throughout the cabin. One of our favorite features of the G650:
massage features in several of the chairs. Coupled with the cabin air recirculation system and a
lower air pressure common in newer Gulfstream models, the G650 does really allow
passengers to travel like rock stars. Don’t be grounded on the fictitious G-VI