Gulfstream G550

The Plane:

Valued at $59.9M, both Lakshmi Mittal, an Indian businessman and Phillip Green, British businessman own a Gulfstream G-550.

Why It's Cool:

Less than two weeks after it entered service, a G550 flew nonstop from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Fla., covering the 7,301-nautical-mile (13,521 km) distance in 14.5 hours and setting a city pair record. It would go on to establish 40 city-pair records in its first five years of service. So she’s a fast aircraft. It’s nice for the pilots too. The G550 has a "PlaneView" cockpit which consists of 4 Honeywell DU-1310 EFIS screens, a Gulfstream-designed cursor control system, and an Enhanced Vision System (EVS). EVS is an infrared camera that displays an image of the view in front of the camera on a head up display. The system permits the aircraft to land in lower-visibility instrument meteorological conditions. The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, and a choice of 12 floor-plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers.

The Numbers:

Powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines, the G550 has a range of 6,750 nm (12,501 km) at Mach 0.80 and a high-speed cruise capability of Mach 0.87. It has service ceiling of 51,000 ft (15,500 m).

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