Open main menu

The Gulfstream G200, formerly known as the IAI Galaxy, is a twin-engine business jet. It was designed originally by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and was produced by IAI for Gulfstream Aerospace from 1999 through 2011.

Executive Airlines Gulfstream Aerospace G200 JBM.jpg
Gulfstream G200
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace
First flight December 25, 1997
Introduction 1999
Status In service
Produced 1997–2011
Number built 250[1]
Developed from IAI Astra
Variants Gulfstream G280

Design and developmentEdit

The G200 was originally named "Astra Galaxy". When Gulfstream Aerospace purchased Galaxy Aerospace in 2001 the model was rebranded as the Gulfstream G200.[2] Israel Aircraft Industries' subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace Inc. began designing the Galaxy in the late 1980s in a risk-sharing partnership with the Soviet aircraft design bureau Yakovlev OKB.[3] The program officially launched in September 1993. Yakovlev handled design and manufacturing of the forward fuselage and empennage. However, the Russian company had trouble meeting agreed production schedules, and the partnership was ended in 1995.[4][5] This led to another risk-sharing agreement, with EADS Sogerma manufacturing the fuselage and empennage, and IAI being responsible for final assembly and other prime contractor duties.[6]

G200 cockpit

The Galaxy was based on a new wider fuselage, attached to a strengthened Astra SPX wing with integrated winglets and modified high-lift devices, powered by new 5,700-lb (25.3 kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306 turbofans, and with improved Pro Line 4 avionics and an all-new interior. The decision to use the existing Astra SPX wing imposed a maximum limit on size, but allowed a fuselage large enough to accommodate three-abreast seating. The main change from the Astra SPX wing was the introduction of Krueger flaps on the leading edges of the inboard section. These recovered some of the field performance lost as a result of the Galaxy's higher wing loading.[6][7][8] It used rubber de-ice boots on wing and horizontal stabilizer leading edges. The aircraft has seating configurations for 8 to 10 passengers.[8] The G200 has a forward-tilting stance when on the ground.

IAI Galaxy - September 1998
G200 in a hangar, access and luggage doors open

The Galaxy first flew on December 25, 1997. By December 1998 it had received certification from the US and Israeli aviation agencies. Deliveries began the following year.[6][8] The Galaxy was renamed "G200" after Gulfstream Aerospace acquired Galaxy Aerospace in June 2001.[9]

G200 inflight before painting, showing underside fairing, flaps and slats deployed

In 2005, Gulfstream began designing a follow-on aircraft. The new model, known as the "G250", was launched in 2008.[10][11] It was later renamed the Gulfstream G280. The final production G200 rolled off the production line on December 19, 2011; 250 units had been built.[1]

By 2018, 1999-2007 Gulfstream G200s were priced at $2.395 to $6.25 million.[12]


Data from Frawley[6] Gulfstream G200 data[13]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.85 (487 knots, 560 mph, 900 km/h) at altitude
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.80 (459 knots, 528 mph, 850 km/h) normal cruise at altitude
  • Range: 3,400 nmi (3,910 mi, 6,300 km) at Mach 0.75 with 4 passengers
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,700 m)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Last G200 Rolls Off Production Line". Aviation Today. December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Gulfstream G200". 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  3. ^ Gunston, Bill and Yefim Gordon. Yakovlev Aircraft since 1924. London, UK: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1997. ISBN 1-55750-978-6.
  4. ^ "Corporate Aircraft, Astra Jet". Flight International, 12–16 June 1996.
  5. ^ "IAI stars in Galaxy production reshuffle". Flight International, 4 October 1995.
  6. ^ a b c d Frawley, Gerard (2002). The International Directory of Civil Aircraft. Fyshwick ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd. p. 134. ISBN 1-875671-58-7.
  7. ^ Moxon, Julian (30 September – 6 October 1998). "Exploring the Galaxy". Flight International. pp. 65–69. The Galaxy "Super Mid-Size" Business Jet Aims to Lower the Price of Large Cabin Comfort
  8. ^ a b c G200 Overview. Gulfstream. Retrieved May 12, 2009.
  9. ^ Israel IAI-1126 Galaxy/Gulfstream G200.
  10. ^ "Gulfstream launches G250 set to dominate super mid-size sector from 2011". Flight Global. 5 October 2008. p. 27.
  11. ^ "NBAA 2008: Gulfstream know-how buoys G250 performance claims". Flight International
  12. ^ Mark Huber (December 2018). "For many models, market hitting the apex" (PDF). Aviation International News. pp. 20–21, 24.
  13. ^ G200 Specifications Archived 2014-11-27 at the Wayback Machine. Gulfstream. Retrieved May 12, 2009.