Of the six G650 deliveries last year, FAA registry records indicate deliveries to: Walmart; Swap Shop founder Preston Henn; Contrail Aviation in Philadelphia; Exxon Mobil; and the final two (N524EA and N711SW) to bank trustees.
Preston Henn, 82, is a pilot, racecar driver and boater who likes to go fast.
also owns a GIV but doesn't fly his
The first flight in his
new G650-N650PH-took place early last month.
brought the jet to Florida, where Swap Shop
is headquartered, to give Henn
a ride before the jet went into demo service.
"It's extremely quiet when they throttle back and very comfortable inside," he
When the G650 returns after flying demos, Henn plans to lease the jet instead of selling it so he
doesn't have to recapture tax depreciation that he
has already taken.
said that during the demo period, Gulfstream plans to try to break a round-the-world speed record with his
first opened the order book for the G650 in 2008, Henn
was racing a car in China and, he
said, to be fair to customers Gulfstream was taking orders only on April 15.
emailed then-president Joe Lombardo on April 15 from China, which was April 14 in the U.S., hoping that Gulfstream
would allow that date to count.
added that he
was supposed to get G650 serial number two, which was destroyed in a flight-test crash on April 2, 2011.