Gulfstream Aerospace 550 Gulfstream. 2017

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Kraków 2017-07-16

550 Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace

History

Gulfstream Aerospace G550 nb 0002. 2017 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
Gulfstream Aerospace G550 nb 0002. 2017 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

Gulfstream G550 for Poland. 2017 year.

We wrote a lot about the political side of choosing Gulfstream G550 planes for transporting the most important people in Poland in other articles. We are convinced that the best offer and the best aircraft in the class of commercial machines have been selected. The Gulfstream G550 is truly an aircraft of the highest quality, technology and technology. On the one hand, the construction is old, but on the other hand, very mature. Such an aircraft in Poland should be in service in the 90s of the 20th century.

On August 31, 2016, the Ministry of National Defense, headed by Minister Antoni Macierewicz, announced the commencement of two procedures for the purchase of two "small" and three "medium" aircraft to transport the most important people in the country, which were published on September 2, 2016. In fact, both contracts have been split. The Polish side has set the difficult requirement of delivering the aircraft as early as 2017. On October 14, 2016, two offers were disclosed that affected small aircraft: Dassault Falcon 7X by French company Dassault Aviation and Gulfstream G550 by American company Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., owned by General Dynamics. The Dassault offer cost PLN 453.4 million net, and the deliveries could take place in 2018, while Gulfstream valued the offer at PLN 440.5 million net with deliveries in 2017. On October 21, 2016, the choice of the G550 aircraft was announced. On November 14, 2016, the Armament Inspectorate signed a contract with Gulfstream Aerospace worth PLN 440.5 million net (PLN 538 million gross) for two G550s (including a logistics package, documentation and training) with a delivery date by August 15, 2017. On the Polish side, the contract was signed by the Head of the Armament Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defense, Brig. Adam Duda, and on the American side, Jeffrey Crosby.

Since Gulfstream has a dozen or so planes on the production line, it could afford to postpone the execution of orders for other recipients and deliver the planes to Poland on time. Thus, the contract execution did not exceed 10 months. This would not be possible with a larger order. On the other hand, it showed that the USA treated Poland seriously, despite such a small order. For Poland, the aircraft No. 5547, which made the first flight on October 5, 2016, and No. 5554, which made the first flight on December 21, 2016, were selected. the construction of these aircraft began in 2015 for other contracting parties. The G550 airplane No. 5547 was presented to the Polish delegation on January 6 in Savannah. The plane was then transported to Appleton, Wisconsin, for interior finishing. The same was done with the second copy. In March 2017, the plane with Nb 0002 was presented to another Polish delegation. The machine was already painted and had a fully equipped crew cockpit. Polish planes were given proper names: Nb 0001 "Prince Józef Poniatowski", Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski".

On June 21, 2017, the Gulfstream G550 Nb 0001 “Prince Józef Poniatowski” plane landed at Okęcie Airport. The plane was greeted with a water salute from the airport fire brigade. In an official ceremony, the plane was baptized and blessed. The actress Halina Łabonarska was the godmother.

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0001 "Prince Józef Poniatowski". 2018 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0001 "Prince Józef Poniatowski". 2018 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0001 "Prince Józef Poniatowski". 2018 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0001 "Prince Józef Poniatowski". 2018 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski”. 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski”. 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

Around 10:00 a.m. on July 29, 2017, the second Gulfstream G550 Nb 0002 aircraft, intended for the transport of the most important people in the country, landed at Bydgoszcz Airport, where Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No.2 are located. The plane landed in Bydgoszcz because Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 2 belonging to the Polish Armaments Group are their service technician. The plane was named "General Kazimierz Pulaski". The godmother was the lieutenant of the Polish Army, Magdalena Kozak, who is a doctor specializing in emergency medicine and who participated in the mission in Afghanistan.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman


Kraków 2017-07-16

550 Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace

Construction

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman
G550 Gulfstream Aerospace Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski" 2017 year. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

The Gulfstream G550 is a passenger (or specialty) airliner, designed for business flights. G550 is ETOPS 180 certified. Built in a classic configuration with a drive in the form of two turbine engines. The low wing with a T-shaped tail is made mainly of aluminum alloys and to some extent composites and steel.

Oblique wings. The fuselage is oval. The interior cabin is 2.24 m wide, 1.88 m high and 13.39 m long. T-shaped tail with vertical and horizontal tail lift. The equipment is always configured according to the wishes of the customer, while maintaining all aviation regulations.

Drive. The two Rolls-Royce BR710 engines feature FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) for their fully digital electronic control system.

Equipment. The aircraft crew has Honeywell's PlaneView avionics at their disposal. All information necessary for the proper course of the flight and control of the aircraft is displayed on four multifunctional MFD displays. The standard equipment also includes the EVS extended visibility system, coupled with the head-up display. The system includes a thermal imaging camera located in the bow of the plane. This significantly improves the working conditions of pilots during take-offs and landings performed in conditions of limited visibility. The planes were also equipped with the ACARS transmission system, satellite communication devices (SATCOM), the IFF self-identification system, and the EFB electronic navigation aids.

Data T-T G550

Data T-T G550.
Data T-T G550.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman



Kraków 2017-07-16

550 Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace

Tally

Poland has purchased two G550 Gulfstream planes to transport the very important people in the country.

On June 21, 2017, the Gulfstream G550 No. 5547 Nb 0001 "Książę Józef Poniatowski" aircraft landed at Okęcie Airport.

The second Gulfstream G550 aircraft No. 5554 Nb 0002 "General Kazimierz Pułaski". Delivered on July 29, 2017 to the Bydgoszcz airport.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman