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Gulfstream IV / G400
GIV-SP / G350 / G450
Gulfstream GIV.
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace
Status Active service
Primary users United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Navy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Produced 535+ [1]
Unit cost
GIV: US$36 million (1998)
G350: $33.25 million (2010)[2]
G450: $38.25 million (2010)[2]
Developed from Gulfstream III
Variants Gulfstream V
Gulfstream G350/G450

The Gulfstream IV (or G-IV or GIV) and derivatives are a family of twin-jet aircraft, mainly for private or business use. The aircraft was designed and built by Gulfstream Aerospace, a General Dynamics company based in Savannah, Georgia, United States from 1985 until 2003.

Design and development

Gulfstream, in collaboration with Grumman, began work on the Gulfstream IV in March 1983 as a re-engined, stretched fuselage derivative of the Gulfstream III. A decision to redesign the wing structure for weight reduction presented an opportunity for an aerodynamic redesign of the wing to reduce cruise drag and increase range. Wing contour modifications had to be restricted to the forward 65% of wing chord so that no redesign of the control surfaces would be necessary. Modification of the inboard wing would have entailed a redesign of the fuselage floor structure, consequently this region of the wing was not modified. Outboard wing modifications were aimed at reducing the peak subcritical pressure coefficient and moving it aft in an effort to reduce shock strength and increase shock sweep.[3] The Gulfstream IV wing has a weaker, more swept outboard shock resulting in a lower cruise drag. Other benefits arising from this design are a lower root bending moment due to the more inboard center of pressure, a lower stall speed due to washout and a larger fuel volume due to increased chord. These aerodynamic improvements result in an increase in range of over 300 nautical miles.[4] The first GIV made its maiden flight on September 19, 1985. The model received type certification from the FAA in April 1987.[5] The G-IV entered into service with serial number 1000 in 1987 and was upgraded to the special purpose GIV-SP version at serial number 1214 in 1993. It was later redesignated G400 at serial number 1500.[6]

The winglet of a 2008 GV

A shorter range variant was created based on the GIV and given the G300 designation in 2002.[5] The G400 has a large cabin, long range of 4,350 nautical miles (8,060 km) and the same comfort and design that characterize the G series. Typical cruise height and speed are 45,000 ft and Mach 0.88. Earlier models were fitted with Honeywell's SPZ 8000 Avionics package. The SPZ 8400 Avionics Package was an option, becoming standard on later models. It costs about $15 million at 2009 prices.[6]

In 2001 Gulfstream began work on an improved version of the GIV-SP, originally designated GIV-X. It was later renamed G450. The G450 is lengthened 1 ft (0.305 m) over the G400 and shares the forward fuselage and larger cockpit of the G550. Production of the G450 began in October 2004, replacing the G400. The G450 has better performance and comes with the PlaneView cockpit with four 14 in (355 mm) liquid crystal displays and a Head up display (HUD). The shorter range G350 version of the G450 was developed and received certification in 2004.[7][8]

Operational history

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a GIV-SP (N49RF) modified to fly scientists and crew members at 45,000 feet around tropical cyclones. The aircraft was modified to drop instruments called "dropsondes" to measure windspeed, barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature as they fall to the surface of the ocean. By sampling the cyclone with these dropsondes over a 4,000 mile track around the storm, the forecasters at NOAA's National Hurricane Center and Hurricane Research Division can better predict where the hurricane will be "steered" by the upper level winds. They also predict wind shear that will either increase or decrease a hurricane's strength. The GIV-SP is suited for this mission since it is fast, and can fly long distances with ample cabin space for the crew and instruments.[9] In 2009, the NOAA GIV-SP was further modified by the addition of a side-scanning Doppler radar to the rear fuselage. This radar is used for storm cloud profiling.[10]

In June 1987 a Gulfstream IV set 22 world records in its class in flying west around the world in 45 hr 25 min. The next year another GIV set 11 world records flying east around the world.[11] In 1990, Gulfstream CEO Allen Paulson and a Gulfstream flight crew set 35 international records for around-the-world flight in a GIV.[citation needed]


Gulfstream IV

C-20F/G/H/J military variants

The U.S. military variant of the IV, designated C-20F/G/H/J Gulfstream IV in Department of Defense service.[12] The C-20F is a GIV model operated by the U.S. Army in a command/executive transport role. The C-20G aircraft[13] may be configured for cargo operations, 26 passenger operations or combinations of the two. With passengers seats removed, it may be configured as three pallets with no passengers or two pallets and eight passengers or one pallet and fourteen passengers. With full seating, the aircraft is capable of accommodating up to twenty-six passengers and a crew of four. A hydraulically operated cargo door is installed on the starboard side of the aircraft, and a ball roller cargo floor is capable of accommodating palletized cargo. The C-20G is operated by Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Four Eight (VR-48) at Naval Air Facility, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC and at VMR Detachment Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.[14] The C-20H is a GIV-SP model operated by the U.S. Air Force in a command/executive transport role. The C-20J is a GIV-SP model operated by the U.S. Army in a command/executive transport role.


The G450 is an improved version of the GIV-SP/G400 using technologies from the G500/G550 (an upgrade to the GV). It has a "PlaneView" cockpit with 4 Honeywell 21 EFIS screens, and a Gulfstream-designed cursor control system. It also has the "Enhanced Vision System" (EVS), an infrared camera that displays an image of the view in front of the camera on a head up display. EVS permits the aircraft to land in lower-visibility instrument meteorological conditions than a non-EVS-equipped aircraft. Another exterior difference between the G-IV and G450 is the removal of windshield wipers on the G450.

The G350 is the short-range version of the G450. It has the same exterior appearance as G450, and includes the PlaneView cockpit, but does not have EVS as standard equipment, which is available as an option.


Civil operators

The aircraft is operated by private individuals, companies and executive charter operators, and in fractional ownership programs.

Government and military operators

  • The Sultan of Brunei operates a G-IV.[15]
 Ivory Coast
  • The Irish Air Corps operates a G-IV for government transport at an average cost per hour in 2012 of €3,790.[16]
  • The Japan Air Self-Defense Force operates five G-IVs under the designation U-4, modified to incorporate a large cargo door and can move palletized cargo and passenger mixes similar to the C-20G aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and Marines.
  • The Sultan of Johor operates a G-IV.[15]
  • The Mexican Navy uses a G-450 for government / VIP transport.
  • The Royal Netherlands Air Force operates one G-IV SP in a commander / government transport role.
 Saudi Arabia
  • The Royal Saudi Air Force operates one G-IV in a commander / government transport role. The military operates two G-IVs SP and two G450s in the med/vac transport role.[citation needed] The Saudi Arabian Minister of Finance and Economy operates a G-IV (G300). Saudi Arabian Airlines operates 6 G-IVs for government use. Saudi Aramco - 3 G450 .
  • The Swedish Air Force operates four Gulfstream IVs, two are modified G-IV SPs in the SIGINT role and are designated S 102B Korpen (Raven).[17] Two other aircraft, a G-IV designated TP 102A, and a G-IV SP, designated TP 102C, serve as transport for the Royal Family and the Prime Minister.

U.S. Marine Corps VIP C-20G, also known as the "Grey Ghost."[18]


The Government of Uganda purchased one G-IV in December 2000 at a cost of US$31.5 million for Presidential flights.[19] It was sold in December 2009.[citation needed]

United States


GIV GIV-SP G350 G450
Cockpit crew Two
Seating capacity 14-19 19 maximum
12-16 typical
Length 88 ft 4 in (26.9 m) 89 ft 4 in (27.2 m)
Wingspan 77 ft 10 in (23.7 m)
Overall height 24 ft 5 in (7.44 m) 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m)
Maximum take-off weight
73,200 lb (33,200 kg) 74,600 lb (33,800 kg) 70,900 lb (32,200 kg) 73,900 lb (33,500 kg)
Empty weight 35,500 lb (16,100 kg) 42,700 lb (19,400 kg) 43,000 lb (19,500 kg)
Cruising speed Mach 0.80 (460 knots, 528 mph, 850 km/h at altitude)
Maximum speed Mach 0.88 (505 knots, 581 mph, 935 km/h at altitude)
Range 4,220 nmi (7,820 km; 4,860 mi) 3,800 nmi (7,040 km; 4,370 mi) 4,350 nmi (8,060 km; 5,010 mi)
Service ceiling 45,000 ft (13,700 m)
Engines (×2) Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8 Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8C
Thrust (×2) 13,850 lbf (61.6 kN)

Sources: Frawley,[5] Gulfstream G450 page,[20] Gulfstream G350 page[21]

See also


  1. Gulfstream IV Fleet Surpasses Three Million Flight Hours, Oct 16,2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Business & Commercial Aviation's 2010 Purchase Planning Handbook Aviation Week.
  3. Chandrasekharan, R.M., Murphy, W.R., Taverna, F.P. and Boppe, C.W., "Computational Aerodynamic of the Gulfstream IV Wing", AIAA paper 85-0427, presented at the AIAA 23rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno Nevada, January 1985.
  4. Boppe, Charles W., "Computational Aerodynamic Design: X-29, the Gulfstream Series and a Tactical Fighter", SAE paper 851789, 1985 Wright Brothers Award Paper, presented at the Aerospace Technology Conference & Exposition, Long Beach California, October 1985.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Frawley, Gerald. "Gulfstream IV, G300 & G400". The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2003/2004. Fishwick, Act: Aerospace Publications, 2003. ISBN 1-875671-58-7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 ["The Gulfstream GIV"]. Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, January 18, 2009.
  7. "FLIGHT TEST: Gulstream G450 - Heir apparent". Flight International, November 23, 2004.
  8. Gulfstream GV-SP/G550 aircraft cockpit image.
  9. "Gulfstream IV-SP (G-IV)." National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site.
  10. Picture of the Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV Gulfstream IV-SP aircraft Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  11. "Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV".
  12. DoD 4120-15L, Model Designation of Military Aerospace Vehicles. US DoD, 12 May 2004.
  13. Navy C-20G
  14. Wings of Gold, Vol. 36, No. 3, Fall 2011, Association of Naval Aviation, Alexandria, VA, pp.18-21
  15. 15.0 15.1 (Professional Pilot Magazine)
  16. St Patrick's Day trips cost €100,000 Irish Times, 2012-04-02.
  17. S-102B Korpen
  18. The Grey Ghost Hawaii Reporter: Dispatches from the War on Terrorism, September 24, 2004
  19. /news/New_Shs82b_jet_for_President_Museveni.shtml "New Shs82b jet for President Museveni". The Monitor, 19 December 2007.
  20. "Gulfstream : G450". Gulfstream. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  21. "Gulfstream : G350". Gulfstream. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 

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