Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
The Gulfstream brand first appeared in 1957, when Grumman engineers completed the design for the
In the wake of Gulfstream I's success, Grumman next began work on Gulfstream II, a jet-powered corporate aircraft. The company also separated its civil and military production operations and in 1967 moved the civilian unit to Savannah. In 1972 Grumman merged with American Aviation Corporation, a manufacturer of light aircraft, which in 1978 sold the Gulfstream line and the Savannah plant
In 1982 the company's name changed to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and three years later it was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation, a manufacturer of automobiles. In 1989 Paulson bought the company back from Chrysler and then sold it ten years later to General Dynamics. In 2006 Gulfstream began to expand its facilities in Savannah with the creation of a new service center, independent fuel farm, state-of-the-art paint hangar, and sales and design center. Over the next couple of years, the company opened two research and development centers and broke ground in Savannah for a new business-jet manufacturing building.
The G550 can accommodate up to eighteen passengers and is capable of cruising at an altitude of 51,000 feet at speeds of up to .885 Mach. In October 2003 the G550 set a time and distance record on a direct flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Florida. The flight of 7,301 nautical miles took place
In 2008 Gulfstream made aviation history when it unveiled the G650, the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aircraft in the Gulfstream fleet. That same year the company introduced the G250, later renamed the G280, to its fleet of business jets. Both aircraft made their maiden flights in 2009.
Gulfstream has also contributed in a variety of ways to community affairs, especially education. The company has supported and partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology's branch campus in Savannah, Savannah Technical College, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, and many of Gulfstream's executives have served on local boards. The company has also contributed to the arts and to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, located a few miles from the Gulfstream manufacturing plant.
Jeffrey L. Rodengen, The Legend of Gulfstream (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Write Stuff Enterprises, 2000).
Phillip Bellury, Storyline Group
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