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Gulfstream GIII

Private Aircraft Flight on Gulfstream GIII – History and Highlights

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The Gulfstream III had its roots in the highly successful Gulfstream II, manufactured by Grumman Corporation of Long Island. After merging with American Aviation Group in 1972, the new CEO Allen Paulson began redesigning the popular corporate jet to gain increased range and speed. Making its first flight in December of 1979, the Gulfstream III would become the first business jet to fly over both of Earth’s poles.

Initial work on the Gulfstream III began by scrapping the wing design, but engineers determined that the desired results could be achieved in a better way by simply modifying the existing wing structure. So the wings were extended by six feet and engineers added five-foot winglets. Additionally, the fuselage was extended by two feet and a curved windscreen was added to the cockpit to increase visibility. The final product was a private corporate charter jet that was safer and could provide further and faster flight than before.