"Experimental", means just that: 

 

Anything can happen at any time.  Returning to base was not a given.

 

There were three fatal crashes during my career as Avionics Engineer.

  

Here's the author, very young, in front of a Gulfstream G-IV, during Windshear flight test and certification.  Circa 1990.

 

Lead Engineer on Global Express would come just seven years later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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