C-37A Gulfstream V

C-37A Gulfstream V

The Gulfstream V (Model GV, pronounced “G-five”) is a long-range, large business jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, derived from the previous Gulfstream IV. It flies up to Mach 0.885 (508 kn; 940 km/h), up to 51,000 feet (16,000 m) and has a 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) range. It typically accommodates four crew and 14 passengers. It first flew on November 28, 1995, and entered service in June 1997. It is used by the US military under the designation C-37A. It is followed by an improved version, the Gulfstream 550 (Model GV-SP).

Development

In the early 1990s, the Gulfstream V (GV) was developed as a response to the Bombardier Global Express. It was certified on April 11, 1997. Capable of flying up to 6,500 nmi (12,000 km), it rolled out in 1995 and was Gulfstream’s first ultra-long range business jet. Total production of the Gulfstream V was 193 aircraft. By 2018, 1997-1999 Gulfstream GVs were trading at $8.8-10.25 million. By 2019, a GV was worth around $10 million: below $6 million for a fixer to less than $13 million for a late model low-time aircraft.

Design

Compared to the Gulfstream IV, the engines are changed from Rolls-Royce Tay to Rolls-Royce BR700-710A1-10 with increased thrust, higher bypass ratio, and Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC). Operating ceiling is increased from 45,000 ft to 51,000 ft. It has thrust reversers and composite flight control surfaces. The horizontal tail area is 30% larger, wingspan is increased from 74.6 ft to 93.5 ft, the fuselage is lengthened by 5 foot forward of the main entry door, and by 2 foot aft of the wing. Maximum takeoff and landing weights are increased by 15%.

It has a new semi supercritical wing for a fuel capacity of 41,000–12,000 lb (18.6–5.4 t) more than the G-IV. The three zone cabin is similar to the G-IV, smaller than the Global Express, while its dispatch reliability, cabin noise and fuel efficiency compare favourably against its competitors of the same era. Compared to the comparably priced Global Express, the GV offers more range and is more fuel efficient while the Bombardier offers better runway performance, a larger cabin and a softer ride. BR710 overhaul comes at 8,000 hour or 10 years if it comes earlier and costs $1.25 million per engine.

Variants

  • G-V: Production aircraft powered by two BMW-Rolls Royce 700-710A1-10 engines.
  • C-37A: United States military designation for the G-V aircraft.

Specifications

Crew 2
Capacity 15-19
Length 96.4 ft (29.4 m)
Wingspan 93.45 ft (28.48 m)
Heigh 26.85 ft (8.18 m)
Wing area 1,137 sq ft (105.6 m2)
Empty weight  46,200 lb (20,956 kg)
Gross weight
 
Max take off weight 90,500 lb (41,050 kg)
Power plant (Dry thrust)
2 × Rolls-Royce BR710A1-10 turbofan, 14,750 lbf (65.6 kN) thrust each
Power plant (Thrust with afterburner) 
 
Maximum speed (Sea level)
 
Maximum speed (High altitude) M0.88
Combat radius
 
Ferry range
5,500 nautical miles (10,186 km)
Service ceiling
51,000 feet (16,000 m)
Rate of climb 4,188 feet per minute (21.28 m/s)
Wing loading  
Thrust/weight  
Design load factor  

Operators

  • Algerian Air Force – Operates the Gulfstream V for VIP transport.
  • Hellenic Air Force – Operates one Gulfstream V for VIP transport.
  • Israel – A Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), based on a highly modified Gulfstream G-V aircraft, was delivered to the Israeli Ministry of Defense in June 2005.
  • Japan Coast Guard – Received the sole C-37A 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 mid-2005.
  • Kuwait – Operates a G-V aircraft in a transport role for the Royal family.
  • Saudi Arabia – Operates two GVs in a medevac configuration.
  • United States

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