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Tour the Gulfstream G650 - it only costs €50m

It flies at almost the speed of sound and Oprah, Warren Buffet and Ralph Lauren want one.

WHEN IT COMES to private jets, Gulfstream is the king of the hill. With the G650, set to hit the skies in the next few months, it is looking to cement its number one position.

With a €50m million price tag, the G650 will come with all the technological and luxury bells and whistles anyone would expect.

Depite a test flight crash in April 2011 that killed four, the G650 is in full production: Gulfstream expects to deliver 17 aircraft by the end of 2012.

Few seem bothered by past troubles: The New York Post reported in 2011 that Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, and Ralph Lauren all want one. Gulfstream will not reveal the names of buyers, but verified that it has received more than 200 orders for the private jet. Can’t imagine anyone in Ireland putting their name down for one right now…

All pics © Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Tour the Gulfstream G650 - it only costs €50m
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  • It flies at Mach .925, nearly the speed of sound

  • It has room for eight passengers and a crew of four

  • It has the tallest, longest, widest cabin in its class

  • A 100 per cent fresh air system makes the cabin a pleasant place to spend several hours

  • The on-board lavatory

  • The galley has a water sterilisation system, plus china, crystal, and flatware for serving gourmet meals

  • The large armrest features various controls

  • Touch control entertainment system offers bluray/DVD/CD player plus two large HD LCD monitors and a stereo speaker system

  • The seats swivel and have built-in footrests

  • And yes, they recline

  • The windows are 16 per cent bigger than the previous model

  • Planeview II system: "the most advanced flight deck in existence"

- Alex Davies

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