Vought Delivers 350th Integrated Wing Set to Gulfstream For its Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet Fleet
DALLAS,– Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. is marking a major milestone this month by delivering the 350th set of integrated wings for Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range business jet fleet.
Vought signed an agreement in 1993 to design and build fully integrated wings for the Gulfstream V (GV) business jet. The first 94-foot-long integrated wing was produced in 25 months, with an on-time delivery of July 18, 1995.
The GV, which entered service on June 30, 1997, was the first ultra-long-range business jet to market and set the industry standard for its class of aircraft. Gulfstream produced 193 GV aircraft before transitioning the production line in 2003 to make way for today’s G500 and G550 business jets.
“Gulfstream jets set the standard for today’s business traveler,” said Neil Peace, director of Vought’s business jet programs. “It’s rewarding for us to play such a significant role in a world-class aircraft program.”
Vought uses custom-built tooling and advanced manufacturing technology to produce its Gulfstream wings. The upper wing skin is a single sheet of machined aluminum, constructed using a technique called age-creep forming. The complete wing assembly includes flaps, ailerons, leading edges and trailing edges, and integration of the electrical, hydraulic and fuel systems. The modified G550 wing also has a strengthened internal structure that increases load capacity of the plane.
Vought supports the Gulfstream G450 and G350 jets as well by supplying their wing structure and nacelle systems.
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