World's fastest certified civilian jet sets new around-the-world speed record

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    Even before it received type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in September 2012, the Gulfstream G650 was racking up the records, thanks in large part to its Mach 0.925 top speed. The latest record it has claimed is for the fastest westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft, which the G650 completed in 41 hours and seven minutes.

    The 20,310-nautical mile (37,614 km) circumnavigation of the globe began in San Diego on July 1, from where it headed off over the Pacific Ocean before landing in Guam 10 hours and 10 minutes later. The second leg from Guam to Dubai took 10 hours, and the third from Dubai to Cape Verde took another eight hours and 52 minutes. The final leg that returned the jet to San Diego took 10 hours and 10 minutes. The three refueling stops added a total of around 1.5 hours to the journey.

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