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News: Gulfstream Launch Systems Testing With First G600 Iron Bird Flight

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  1. Gulfstream Launch Systems Testing With First G600 Iron Bird Flight
    Gulfstream G600 testing is underway with the G600 iron bird completing its first 'flight'. A spatially correct, dimensionally accurate structure that includes a flight deck, the iron bird allows engineers to test the flight control and mechanical systems, including landing gear, brakes and hydraulics in a ground-based lab. During the 30-minute flight, the G600 iron bird simulated taxi, takeoff and landing as well as maneuvers and transitions at altitude and airspeed.
  2. All of this information is important to know and validate even before the actual first test flight of the G600. “With the iron bird, we can confirm the characteristics of the system components, improve the integration maturity, make modifications and provide those benefits in a lab environment, all while on the ground and still in the design stage to the benefit of the flight-test aircraft. Having this resource enhances safety and streamlines the testing process,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. The first G600 flight-test aircraft and structural test article are in production. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2019. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. Its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.

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    Gulfstream Aerospace
    500 Gulfstream Road
    Savannah, GA 31407

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