GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORPORATION
Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I rise today to commend a company based in Georgia which, with its partners, has won the prestigious Collier trophy, the aviation equivalent of the Super Bowl, for the second time in 8 years. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a world-renowned maker of business jet aircraft, and the other members of the aircraft development team, which include Honeywell International, Kollsman, Rolls-Royce, and Vought Aircraft Industries, have won the 2003 Collier Trophy for their outstanding contribution to aviation. In 1998, the firm's Gulfstream V jet won the 1997 award for its combination of high technology avionics, speed, and range. This year, the Collier Trophy recognizes the G550 Development Team for the large-cabin, ultra-long range Gulfstream G550 business jet. The aircraft can fly as high as 51,000 feet, at speeds up to Mach .885, and 6.750 nautical miles nonstop. It also has an avionics system which enhances the pilot's ability to fly the aircraft safely.
The trophy, named for American publisher and sport pilot, Robert J. Collier, was established in 1911 to honor those who have made significant achievements in the advancement of aviation. Honorees include many of the great names in aviation, including Orville Wright for an automatic stabilizer, the U.S. Post Service for air mail, and MAJ E. L. Hoffman, United States Army Air Corps, for the development of a practical parachute.
While I am, of course, proud of the Gulfstream Development Team for winning this award, I am even more proud of the folks down in Savannah, GA, who build these world class aircraft. Without their skill and dedication to superior quality, Gulfstream's G550 aircraft could never have earned this recognition for excellence in aviation.