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Gulfstream V

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Gulfstream V
NASA Gulfstream V
Role Business jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace
First flight 1995
Introduced 1998
Status Active service
Primary users United States Air Force
United States Coast Guard
United States Navy
Israeli Air Force
Number built 191
Developed from Gulfstream IV
Variants Gulfstream G500 series

The Gulfstream V is a business jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. It is also used by the US military under the designation C-37A. The G500 and G550 are improved versions which are currently in production. The Gulfstream G550 was formerly known as the Gulfstream V SP (G-V SP).

Design and development

Amgen's corporate Gulfstream V departs Fox Field, Lancaster, California
Amgen's corporate Gulfstream V departs Fox Field, Lancaster, California

The Gulfstream V (also called the G-V) first flew in 1995, was certified in 1997, and was one of the first "ultra-long range" (~6,000 nautical miles) business aircraft. Capable of carrying up to 16 people in standard seating configurations, and able to fly up to 6,500 nautical miles (7,480 miles, 12,038 km), the GV became the longest range business jet ever made (at the time of its introduction). Total production of the Gulfstream V was 191 aircraft.


Designated C-37A in U.S. Air Force service, the Gulfstream V fulfills missions for government and Defense Department officials. The US Navy also operates one C-37A.

The aircraft has a flight management system with a worldwide satellite-based Global Positioning System. The C-37A is capable of cruise at 51,000 feet. Features include enhanced weather radar, autopilot and head-up display for the pilot. Safety features include Enhanced Vision Systems that allows increased visibility in adverse environments. The aircraft is also equipped with commercial and military communications equipment to provide secure voice and data capability. The U.S. Air Force equips the C-37A with a basic crew of two pilots, one flight engineer, one communications systems operator, and one flight attendant.

Operational history

The 89th Airlift Wing’s 99th Airlift Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., operates four C-37As. The 6th Air Mobility Wing’s 310th Airlift Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida operates three C-37As. The 15th Airlift Wing's 65th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii operates one C-37A.[1] The 86th Airlift Wing's 309th Airlift Squadron, Chievres Air Base, Belgium has one C-37A.

On March 11, 2005, Gulfstream delivered an ultra-long-range G-V to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The aircraft—known as the High-performance, Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER)[—is being used by environmental and atmospheric scientists from both public and private research facilities. The GV was chosen by NCAR for its exceptionally high-cruising altitude, long range, endurance, payload, reliability, and low operating costs, as well as worldwide product support. The aircraft is based in Boulder, Colorado. The HIAPER Gulfstream V is currently being modified to accept wing/pylon mounted instrumentation.


Civil operators

The majority of G-Vs are operated by corporate and individual owners.

 United States
  • Deer Jet, Hainan Airlines operates one G-V (Reg:B8092) for global charter service including some Chinese military airports. Deerjet is a branch of Hainan Airlines (HNA).

Government and military operators

U.S. Air Force C-37A.
U.S. Air Force C-37A.

USCG C-37A in flight.
USCG C-37A in flight.
A Special Electronic Mission Aircraft, SEMA based on a highly modified Gulfstream G-V aircraft was delivered to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, IMOD, in June 2005.
  • Japan Coast Guard: first of two G-V delivered on January 17, 2005. Dubbed "Umi Washi" (Sea Eagle), the aircraft will be operated by the JCG for maritime surveillance search and rescue. The second aircraft was delivered in the second quarter of 2005.
The State of Kuwait operates a G-V aircraft in a transport role for the Royal family.
 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia operates two GVs in a medevac configuration

 United States


Gulfstream V

Data from Gulfstream G500 and corrected by NSF/NCAR GV Investigator’s Handbook

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots, 0-2 attendants
  • Capacity: 14-19 passengers
  • Length: 96 ft 5 in (29.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 6 in (28.5 m)
  • Height: 25 ft 10 in (7.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 46,200 lb (21,000 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 54,500 lb (24,721 kg)
  • Useful load: 6,500 lb (2,948 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 90,500 lb (41,136 kg)
  • Powerplant:Rolls-Royce BR710A1-10 turbofan, 14,750 lbf (65 kN) each
  • Maximum ramp weight: 90,900 lb (41,318 kg)
  • Maximum landing weight: 75,300 lb (34,156 kg)
  • Maximum fuel weight: 41,300 lb (18,772 kg)
  • Cabin length: 50 ft 1 in (15.3 m)
  • Cabin height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Cabin width: 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
  • Cabin volume: 1,669 ft³ (47.3 m³)
  • Baggage compartment volume: 226 ft³ (6.4 m³)



Data from USAF fact sheet

General characteristics


See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

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Published - July 2009

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