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Gulfstream C-20A Performance and Specifications
March 29, 2013


Length: 83 ft 2 in
Wingspan: 77 ft 10 in
Height: 24 ft 6 in

Primary Mission/Capabilities

  • Earth science studies
  • Long-term capability for testing subsonic flight experiments
  • Multi-role cooperative research platform testbed


Operating altitude: 45,000 ft (max)
Mach: 0.85M (max)
Speed: Mach 0.85 – top speed; Mach 0.75 – for maximum range
Load factor: 69,700 (full fuel 8 passengers/cargo and 3 aircrew)


Range/Duration: 3,400 nm/5 hr (nominal); up to 7 hr (.82M @ 37K)
Engine: Two Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8 turbofan engines
Engine thrust: 11,400 lb (5,170 kg) each
Test Instrumentation: Data Collection and Processing System (DCAPS)
Aircraft systems: Video collection and distribution system, satellite communications systems, satellite phone, an upgraded 120-amp electrical power system, centerline pylon with a standard MAU-12 mount, capable of carrying up to 1200 lb externally, easily configurable rack mounting, seating and multiple power configurations for both AC and DC application


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