DASSAULT FALCON 50
|STANDARD DATA: Falcon 50EX Seats 12-19. Gross wt. 39,700. Empty wt. 21,270. Engines three 3,700-lb. Allied Signal TFE73140 turbofans. |
PERFORMANCE: Max cruise 475 kts. Ceiling 45,000'. Takeoff run 5,415. Landing roll 3,280.
Development of the new Falcon 50 began in May 1974. Some of the components of the Falcon 50 are modeled after those of the earlier Falcon 20, such as the front and center fuselage sections. The Falcon 50
makes use of advanced high-lift devices such as doubleslotted trailing-edge flaps; the wings are designed to perform well at high Mach numbers. This luxurious jet is powered by three Garrett AiResearch turbofan engines, each flat-rated at 3,700 lbs. s.t. for takeoff. Two are mounted separately in pods on each side of the rear fuselage; the third is located in the tailcone with its intake just forward of the base of the vertical stabilizer. In order to make room for this third engine, the fuselage was lengthened and the fin was enlarged over that of the Falcon 20. The three-engine Falcon 50 was designed for long range jet transport (originally 3,500 nm), and Dassault continued to refine that theme. In 1995, they announced the even longer range Falcon 50EX featuring TFE73140 engines which added another 400 nm to the airliner’s range. The first models came off the production line in 1996.