Tuesday, December 16, 2008

GRUMMAN “GULFSTREAM I”


1959–68



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STANDARD DATA: Seats 10-24. Gross wt. 35,100. Empty wt. 21,900. Fuel capacity 1,550. Engines two 2,210 shp Rolls-Royce Darts.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 348. Cruise mph 288. Initial climb rate 1,900. Approach speed 128. Range 2,540. Ceiling 33,600. Takeoff run 2,550. Landing roll 1,525.

The Gulfstream I is a business transport designed to carry a crew of two with 10 to 14 passengers. Power is provided by twin Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engines turning four-blade Rotol constant-speed propellers. The Gulfstream I first flew in 1958 and was the first United States twin-engine business aircraft to be certificated to cruise at 30,000 feet. A later version received certification as a 24-passenger variation for feeder-line use. Two Gulfstream offspring were enlisted for military use: the VC-4A was a U.S. Coast Guard transport and the TC-4C was an “avionics classroom” for the U.S. Navy.



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