C-20H Gulfstream IV
Entering the inventory in 1995 and 1996, the three C-20H aircraft are the only SAM aircraft that met FAA/ICAO Stage III restrictions. Using B-model aircraft as "trade ins" to help offset their purchase, these state-of-the-art Gulfstream IV(SP) derivatives bring an extended range and improved communications capability to the C-20 fleet. This extended range provides non-stop flights from Andrews to Europe, reducing travel time and costly enroute support stops. There are no upgrade or modernization efforts required for these aircraft and their usable service life extends well into the 21st century.
Gulfstream introduced the "special performance" Gulfstream IV-SP (GIV-SP) in 1992. The enhanced aircraft featured increased takeoff and landing weight, which allowed for heavier payloads and more flexibility in outfitting. It also featured an enhanced landing package that included structural improvements to the landing gear, upgraded antilock brakes and new wheels and tires. The GIV-SP also included an extended service warranty.
On 02 December 2002 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), held ceremonies to mark the production end of the GIV-series aircraft and the official start of production of two new models - the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300 and the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400.
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