Final G250 enters flight-test programme

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The third and final Gulfstream G250 business jet has joined the 1,300h flight-test programme, six months after the campaign began.

The super-midsize aircraft made its first flight on 28 June at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, home of the G250's co-developer Israel Aerospace Industries.

During the 2h 56min flight the aircraft reached a maximum speed of 250kt (460km/h) and an altitude of 20,000ft (6,100m). The aircraft will be used for function and reliability testing joining serial number 1, which is focused on in-flight performance and handling, and serial number 2, which is dedicated to avionics testing.

Gulfstream says the G250 is on target for certification in 2011.

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