Gulfstream Aerospace

We're given a VIP tour of select parts of Gulfstream Aerospace's extremely impressive facilities, where we interview a wide range of employees. The focus begins on engineering, but we quickly learn there are an abundant number of employment opportunities available at Gulfstream. And if you’ve ever wondered how planes fly, this video will help, as our experts explain Bernoulli's Principle. Of course once you know how they fly, you’ll want to know how fast they go. That’s why we also include explanations of the terms Mach and Supersonic.

Bernoulli's Principle

Bernoulli's Principle

If you’ve ever wondered how planes fly, this video will help, as our experts explain Bernoulli's Principle.

Mach and Supersonic

Mach and Supersonic

Once you know how planes fly, you’ll want to know how fast they go. Here you'll find explanations of the terms Mach and Supersonic.

The Georgia Coast

Special Thanks To

Heidi Fedak, Nancy Fullbright, City of Savannah


KRIS: Hi, I'm Kris Lynch and this is the hemi anechoic chamber. Its about 10db below the threshold of hearing in here, and it absorbs sound everywhere. And you can do cool things with sound like this...


KRIS: Or like this...


KRIS: Or like this...


KRIS: Or this...


KRIS: I'm just kidding.


VO: Welcome to another episode of Fast Forward. Right now I'm cruising at Mach .925, 51,000 feet in the air, in a G650, the latest and greatest jet to come out of Gulfstream in Savannah. And check this baby out. The passenger cabin has every state of the art gadget you could dream up. I mean--

Okay. Full disclosure. This is footage Gulfstream gave us, but maybe if I do a nice job on the rest of this video, they'll take me up for a ride. So let's get started by learning a little more about Gulfstream.

BRANDY: Gulfstream creates a fleet of aircrafts starting from the G150 to the G650

NATHAN: We design them, develop them, manufacture them, sell them, and we also maintain them when they're out in the fields.

KRIS: Here at Gulfstream in Savannah there are roughly 7,500 employees over the whole company across the world there are about 12,000 employees.

VO: So tell me more about that G650 we saw earlier.

CHRIS B: It has the most range, flies the fastest, has the largest cabin and is the most comfortable. It's the epitome of business aviation.

BETHANY: It goes Mach decimal 925.

VO: Okay, there we go again with that Mach thing. How about a Teachable Moment on what the terms Mach and Supersonic mean.

BETHANY: Mach is just an air speed. Just like in cars we have miles per hour, well jets go by Mach speed. It varies by altitude and temperature, but Mach one is the speed of sound.

VO: And by the way, Mach Speed is named in honor of Austrian physicist Ernst Mach, who used math to predict what would happen to objects moving at supersonic speeds-which leads us to supersonic.

The word sonic basically means having a speed equal to sound, so..

FRANCOIS: But when you cross Mach 1, its called going super sonic. You're going faster than the speed of sound.

VO: Okay, tell me more about what you do here.

BRANDY: I'm a college co-op in engineering. What that means is I rotate through a lot of different departments in Gulfstream. So I work here a semester and then I go back to school for a semester.

KRIS: I'm an acoustics engineer here at Gulfstream, and it's my job to test everything that goes on the airplane to determine how well it blocks sound.

CHRIS B: I actually work on the actual airplane itself. Any time there's a new product, we get the first 5 airplanes and walk them through the certification process to make sure they're safe to fly and meet all of the different regulations.

NATHAN: I am currently working in the advanced programs department, working on the next generation aircraft. I can't really talk about it too much. We are working on a new aircraft. Hopefully, you'll be seeing what I'm working on in a couple of years. Pretty exciting stuff.

BETHANY: I'm in sales engineering answering the technical questions, helping customers decide which airplane to buy.

VO: And what did you do before this?

BETHANY: I was a corporate pilot.

VO: Uh...seriously?

BETHANY: That's right, I'm a jet pilot.

VO: Then this is a great time to find out how airplanes fly.

CHRIS G: Almost all aircraft have similar wing shape. You can see that the upper surface is curved more than the lower surface. This is intentional.

VO: Chris is talking about something called Bernoulli's Principle. As an airplane wing slices through a column of air, the air going over the top of the wing has to take a longer path than the air below. Because air is elastic, it will meet the air on the other side. So the air going over the top has to move faster. Bernoulli's Principle dictates that the air moving faster will have a lower pressure than the air moving slower. And that lower pressure actually sucks the plane up in the air.

VO: But, does everyone here have to know how planes fly?

ROGER: We provide hundreds of career opportunities. From entry level, fresh out of high school, all the way up to the seasoned veteran.

MATTHEW: But we have nurses, we have lawyers.

KRIS: people, and then you have people who actually get to build the aircraft. People who get to use their hands and use tools on a daily basis- Interior designers-people who actually make the cabinetry and do wood working.

NATHAN: It takes hundreds and hundreds of people coming together, working together to put this thing together.

VO: Okay. And those hundreds of people are obviously pretty smart. But let's be honest. Anyone who's ever sat in a high school math class thinks they're never going to use that stuff. What do you say to that?

CHRIS G: I'd say you might be right - but for a small investment on your part you might be wrong. I make a very good living for what I do...and I couldn't do it if I didn't have a strong science and math background.

CHRIS B: The one great thing about what I do, it's pretty much the same thing I did in high school. The difference between then and now is I get to do it on the world's fastest, largest, best airplane out there. It's not a bad deal, and you get paid for it. (SMILE)

NATHAN: Aw man, I struggled with English so bad. (LAUGHS) That may have been just because I came from two Hispanic parents and they didn't speak English well themselves. My English was horrible, but when it came to math it just kind of clicked really.

VO: Okay. Maybe. But what if science and math just don't "click" for me.

NATHAN: You just got to make sure you are willing to go out and get the tutoring you need if you don't understand it. It's something that's part of school and something you have to do.

BETHANY: Turn off the Television and start reading everything you can about what you're interested in. Yes, you're not going to be cool. You're not going to know what the latest TV show or movie is or video game. But you will be successful because you'll know so much more than the competition.

VO: Being successful does sound good. It's working here-speaking of that, what is the best thing about working here?

BETHANY: We are building the most advanced business jets in the world.

BRANDY: When you see the something that you helped design and manufactured, it really just takes your breath away.

KRIS: The coolest part of my job is just the ability to come up with an idea and work on it and work hard at it and actually see it get implemented on the aircraft.

NATHAN: Now you have a piece of that'll always have a piece of an airplane with your name on it.

VO: I've always wanted a plane with my name on it. I could actually get it here.

Okay, this is pretty amazing stuff. But I want to raise the stakes. So let's call this last question-HEY GULFSTREAM, BLOW MY MIND. Let's get to it!

ROGER: We don't just manufacture aircrafts. We change people's lives.

VO: Well done. Anyone else?

CHRIS G: What I didn't' realize before this job is when you fly to 51 thousand feet you can see the curvature of the earth through the window and not many people get to see that. Especially not in something they helped build.

VO: Really nice! Next?

FRANCOIS: What cooler thing than being able to design an airplane in my opinion, so that's kind of what hooked me was just the thought that somebody's got to build those. Why couldn't be me?

VO: Excellent. Brandy! Fly us home!

BRANDY: In high school I was probably made fun of for being the nerd. But now that I've gone through school and I'm applying it, I go back home and I am the awesome person who's done engineering. Even though I'm the girl, and even though I like girl things too. And I work with a bunch of guys and we're not all geeks I promise. You work with all kinds of people. And I have a blast doing what I do.

VO: Having a blast at what you do-reminds me a lot of this job. Just wish I had my name on that G-650. I'll work on that, and see you on the next episode of Fast Forward!

This content was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.