An American fully owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation manufactures, develops, designs, markets and offers services of a business jet aircraft. Since 1958, the corporation has already produced more than 2,000 aircraft.
In the late 1950’s the Grumman Aircraft Engineering CO., which is known for producing military aircraft, developed a business aircraft and equipped it with facilities in Bethpage New York, which they called Grumman Gulfstream. The aircraft can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers. The Grumman was motivated to develop another jet-powered Grumman Gulfstream II or GII due to the success of the new aircraft, the first of its kind which is designed for business travel.
During their first year in starting the GII program, sometime in 1960’s, The Grumman officials decided to separate the company’s civil and military aircraft production to improve their competence. They found a supply of skilled labor and an airfield neighboring to the plant and a room for expansion in 1966 when they relocated the civilian in Savannah, Georgia.
The merger with light-aircraft manufacturer American Aviation Corporation and the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation happened in 1970’s. In 1978, the Gulfstream line and the Savannah plant were sold to American Jet Industries, the head was entrepreneur Allen Paulson. He renamed it to Gulfstream American when he became the president and CEO of the company. It was in the year 1980 when they had their first delivery and first business jet to fly over both poles.
In the year 2005, the aircraft was equipped with a Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) which allows passengers to experience in-flight internet connection.
The company announced their expansion of the Savannah facilities in November 2010. In 2011, Gulfstream suffered a major setback due to the aircraft G650 ultra-long-range business jets crashed on the runway of Roswell which injured fatally the two test pilots and the two test engineers on board. The aircraft experienced engine failure during the conducting of a take-off performance test. The aircraft slid on the ground and was caught in the fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the cause of the crash. It was found out the aircraft’ failure to develop and validate takeoff speeds.
The Gulfstream received a provincial type certificate (PTC) from the FAA sometime in November 2011.This was the start when the company began to complete the interiors of the ultra-large cabin, ultra-long range business jets in the construction and preparation for customer deliveries in 2012.
The Gulfstream now operates and owns nine service centers worldwide.
Gulfstream jets operate nearly 40 countries. The company also offers executive transportation, cargo and personnel transportations, maritime and aerial reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and pilot and astronaut training.
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