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Gulfstream G280

Twin-Engine Business Jet

United States | 2009

"Developed from the earlier G200 model, the G280 was introduced in 2009 and has seen production reach over 100 units."

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The G280 twin-engine business jet (BizJet) is an extension of the earlier G200 series of 1999. As born, the original aircraft carried the name "Astra Galaxy" and was jointly developed by Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Yakovlev (as the "Astra") while later featuring involvement from European defense powerhouse EADS. The design incorporated sweptback wing mainplanes, side-by-side seating cockpit, mid-mounted horizontal tailplanes set about a single vertical fin, and outboard-held non-afterburning turbofan engines. Two-hundred fifty of the type were sold.

The G280 was developed in the mid-2000s as an improved form of the G200 and itself was originally known as the Model G250. A first-flight was recorded on December 11th, 2009 in Israel and 2011 saw the official designation change to G280. The design proved successful leading to type certification forthcoming in 2011-2012 and formal service entry followed thereafter.

The joint partnership between Gulfstream and Israel continues, leading the aircraft to be build in Israel and shipped in a near-finalized form to Gulfstream facilities in the United States where the airframes are given their paint schemes and attention to internal detailing.

At its core, the G280 retains much of the form-and-function of the original Astra and G200 series offerings. The same arrangement is kept, including the low-mounted sweptback mainplanes (of all-new-design) and outboard engine pairing. The cockpit features a sloping nose assembly offering excellent vision for the two pilots. The tail configuration is changed in that the horizontal planes are fitted much higher, following the proven Multhopp "T-tail" standard. Ground running is accomplished through a conventional, retractable tricycle undercarriage.

Internally, the cockpit is dominated by three large, full-color displays showcasing all pertinent flight information. The crew are divided by a center console housing throttle controls and other systems within easy reach by both personnel. Side stick controls compliment the redundant yoke scheme - allowing either pilot to take control of the aircraft as needed. Beyond the crew of two, the aircraft carries up to ten passengers in luxury comfort. Individual seating and bench seating are offered as is a complete galley and restroom facilities.

Dimensions include a running length of 66.9 feet, a wingspan of 63 feet, and a height of 21.3 feet. Empty weight reaches 24,150lb against an MTOW of 40,000lb.

Installed power are 2 x Honeywell HTF7250G air-breathing turbofan engines offering 7,625lb of thrust each. This provides the aircraft with a top speed of Mach 0.84, cruising at a comfortable 530 miles-per-hour. Range is out to 3,600 nautical miles and its service ceiling reaches 45,000 feet.

In the civilian airspace marketplace, the G280 is designed to compete directly with such offerings as the American Cessna "Citation X+" and "Longitude" lines, the Canadian Bombardier "Challenger 350", and the Brazilian Embraer "Legacy" series.

The G280 has appealed to government services as well, used to ferry VIP, while some are outfitted for military service covering the Electronic Warfare (EW) role.

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October 2008 - Gulfstream formally announced the launch of its G250 model.

July 2011 - Gulfstream officially changes the designation of the G250 to G280 in a total rebranding of the new BizJet.

August 2017 - The Gulstream G280 series surpassed 100,000 flying hours.

October 2012 - The G280, alongside the G650 jet, achieves certification.

October 2019 - The Philippine Air Force has announced its intention to purchase a single example of the G280 twin business jet. The example will be used to satisfy an airborne Command & Control (C2) requirement and as a VIP transport for the service.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Gulfstream G280 Twin-Engine Business Jet.
2 x Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan engines developing 7,625lb of thrust each.
652 mph
1,050 kph | 567 kts
Max Speed
44,997 ft
13,715 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
4,145 miles
6,670 km | 3,602 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Gulfstream G280 Twin-Engine Business Jet.
66.6 ft
20.30 m
O/A Length
63.0 ft
(19.20 m)
O/A Width
21.3 ft
(6.50 m)
O/A Height
24,251 lb
(11,000 kg)
Empty Weight
39,683 lb
(18,000 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the Gulfstream G280 family line.
G280 - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Gulfstream G280. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 120 Units

Contractor(s): Gulfstream Aerospace - USA
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Image of the Gulfstream G280
Image from official Gulfstream Aerospace marketing materials.

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