Monday, 21 April 2008
World Fastest Civil Aircraft
Gulfstream G650 is the world fastest civil non-military aircraft ever.
Since the 1960s, the Gulfstream jet has been synonymous with the fastest, ultra luxury business travel regardless of cost – only 1600 have ever been made but now, the company is raising the bar with a new ultra-large cabin G650 due in 2012.
The US$58.5 million G650 is capable of traveling 7,000 nautical miles (8055 miles) at 0.85 Mach (647 ph/1,041 km/h) or 5,000 nautical miles (5,753 miles) at 0.90 Mach (685 mph/1,102 km/h) and has a top speed of 0.925 Mach (794 mph/1,133 km/h), which will make it the fastest non-military aircraft flying. It will even cruise at 51,000 ft, in order to avoid airline-traffic congestion and adverse weather.