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102004 '024' Gulfstream Aerospace GIV-SP c/n 1274 - Swedish Air Force F-17M - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 23 April 2009 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Gulfstream GIV-SP is a twin-engine long-range corporate jet for 2 crewmembers and up to 19 passengers. The Gulfstream GIV-SP (Special Performance) twin turbofan jet aircraft is the latest development of the GIII and GIV lines of business jets. The original Gulfstream IV flew first on 19 September 1985. FAA certification was awarded on April 22 1987. The GIV-SP was announced at the NBAA convention in Houston in October 1991. It flew for the first time on 24 June 1992 in the form of a converted GIV airframe. The aircraft featured an improved payload (+ 1135 kg) and a better maximum landing weight (+ 3400 kg) with no increase in the empty weight, allowing a better payload/range performance. In 1992, the Gulfstream G-IVSP replaced the GIV in production. The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay Mk.611-8 turbofans. Next to the basic business jet version, the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP are built for special mission requirements worldwide. In 2002, Gulfstream renamed its products, using Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals to differentiate its aircraft. The GIV-SP was redesignated G400. Production of the G400 ended in September 2003. Over 700 Gulfstream GIV / GIV-SP / G400 airplanes are built.

On 23 April 2009, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the province of Groningen. The Swedish royals departed at the end of their visit to the Netherlands from Groningen Airport Eelde in the Swedish Air Force Gulstream GIV-SP 102004 '024'. The Swedish Air Force operates this GIV-SP, designated as Tp-102C, in the VIP transport rule for the Swedish Royal Family and the government. The 1996-built Gulfstream Aerospace GIV-SP s/n 1274 was registered LV-WOM with Sogma SA in Argentina in March 1996. The aircraft entered services with the Swedish Air Force in October 2000. Gulfstream G-IVSP 102004 is operated by Svenska Flygvapnet Transportflygenhet F-17M / Swedish Air Force Transport unit F-17M at Stockholm-Bromma.

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