Tuesday, December 16, 2008



STANDARD DATA: (Falcon 20) Seats 8-14. Gross wt. 28,660. Empty wt. 15,970. Fuel capacity 1,385. Engines two 4,315-lb. s.t. General Electric turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 465. Cruise mph 405. Stall mph 95. Range 2,200. Ceiling 42,000. Takeoff distance (35') 3,790. Landing distance (50) 1,930.

The Dassault Mystere 20/Falcon is a lightweight, pressurized, twin-engine business jet that took to the air for the first time in 1963. Developed as a joint effort between Dassault and Aerospatiale, the aircraft was powered by two Pratt & Whitney turbojets rated at 3,300 lbs. s.t.; however, it was soon re-engined with General Electric turbofans. Deliveries began in 1965, and Pan American placed the first orders. Several versions were built, differing by more powerful engines. The Series F featured high-lift devices (to improve takeoff and landing performance), more powerful engines, and increased fuel capacity. Standard passenger accommodations provide seating for 8 to 10, while a maximum of 12 to 14 is optional. The Falcon 200 replaced the Falcon 20 starting in 1981. The re-engined Falcon had more fuel capacity and upgraded avionics. The last Falcon 200 was produced in 1988.

The Falcon 10 is merely a scaled down version of the Falcon 20F, and the model 10 seats four to seven in executive-like accommodations. Power is supplied by two 3,230-lb. s.t. Garrett AiResearch turbofans. The Falcon 30 and Mystere 40100 are both further developments of the original airframe and provide for 30 to 40 passengers, respectively. The prototype for these aircraft first flew in 1973 and was fitted with 6,070lb. s.t. Lycoming turbofans fed by a 1,400-gallon fuel supply. The Falcon 100 replaced the Falcon 10 in production during the 1980s. Changes included a high MTOW and an early EFIS glass cockpit. The model ended production in 1990.


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