On Valentines Day the prototype of the Gulfstream G700, registered N700GA (c/n 87001), made its first flight from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
This marks the official start of the flight test programme, that is to last until 2022. Then, the first aircraft it to be delivered to a customer. For the programme four additional flight-test aircraft are used, as well as a structural test article that has completed load testing. Gulfstream's newest and largest model so far is officially designated as GVIII-G700. See our page on Gulfstream large cabin jets to learn about the differences with other Gulfstreams like the G650. (photo Gulfstream Aerospace)