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GULFSTREAM IV CLAIMS NEW WORLD DISTANCE RECORD

 GULFSTREAM IV CLAIMS NEW WORLD DISTANCE RECORD
 ARLINGTON, Va., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A 5,500 statute mile flight


from Tokyo, Japan to Las Vegas, Nev., claimed a new world distance record for the "Pursuit of Perfection" Gulfstream IV, N22G. The flight, with nine passengers, three crew, and cargo aboard was flown by Gulfstream Aerospace Co-Captains Dick Whitaker and Harry G. Butler.
 Departing from Narita Airport, Tokyo, at 0604 hours GMT, the flight required 10 hours and 4 minutes, leading at 1608 hours GMT on March 5. The fully loaded Gulfstream IV's takeoff weight was 73,200 lbs. The plane landed in Las Vegas with 45 minutes fuel remaining. The average altitude and speed for the flight was 41,000 feet with a step-climb to 45,000 feet, and 546.39 mph respectively.
 The Gulfstream's takeoff and arrival times were certified by officials appointed by the National Aeronautic Association.
 Gulfstream claimed city-to-city speed and distance records from Tokyo to San Francisco, San Francisco to Las Vegas and Tokyo to Las Vegas.
 The "Pursuit of Perfection" Gulfstream IV is the same aircraft used by Gulfstream Chairman, Allen E. Paulson who, with three co-captains, established a new eastbound, around the world speed record in February 1988. The flight, including three refueling stops, set a record of 36 hours, 8 minutes with an average speed of 637 mph. Less than one year earlier, Paulson and his crew flew the Gulfstream IV westbound around the world from Paris, establishing a first-in-history record for that direction.
 The new city-to-city distance records flown on March 5 will bring to 78 the number of speed and distance records held by the Gulfstream IV.
 All Gulfstream records are flown in C-1.K, Group III for business jets. The aircraft flights are also accomplished in the unlimited category open to all classes of business, commercial or military aircraft. Gulfstream world records are also certified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, Paris.
 The National Aeronautic Association is the U.S. representative of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and is responsible for overseeing and certifying all aviation and space records in the United States.
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