Conversion of Gulfstream II VH-ASG - 1986
Department of Aviation Airworthiness Surveyor Lindsay Wise was sent to the Gulfstream factory at Savannah, Georgia, (where these photos were taken) to check that all certification requirements relating to the conversion were met.
The photos show the aircraft after the wing replacement - the unpainted areas indicate parts replaced in the conversion.
Gordon Reid, then working at Essendon for TAA, remembers its first take-off from Essendon, on an air test: "Compared to the modern Gulfstream the original GII was noisy. I remember standing outside the TAA terminal on the south side of the finger on 30 April 1971. VH-ASG was taking off on Runway 26 so you couldn't see the aircraft at the end of the runway. However when he spooled up you got a cloud of black smoke and this magical banshee wail as it set off down the runway."
VH-ASG was eventually traded in on G-IV VH-ASQ and departed Australia on 26 Spetember 1993 for the Gulfstream factory in Savannah.
(Photos: Lindsay Wise collection)
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