50 Years of Dassault Falcons

A look back through the 50-year history of Dassault's family of Falcon jets.

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Over the course of five decades, twenty different models have been introduced into the Falcon family. The line began with****** the Mystère-Falcon 20, and since then, Dassault has delivered more than 2,250 Falcons to 82 countries around the world.** (Photos courtesy of Dassault Falcon)
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On May 4, 1963, the Mystère 20 prototype took off on its first flight. The Pan Am delegation, headed by Charles Lindbergh (fourth from the right), was photographed beside the aircraft just before.
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Pan Am participated in the final design process of the Mystère 20 and ordered 40 of the airplanes with options for another 120 in 1963, two years before the airplane received French and European certification. In 1972, Pan Am and Dassault set up a joint venture called Falcon Jet Corporation to help reach other overseas markets. Dassault later bought out Pan Am’s share and the company’s name was changed to Dassault Falcon Jet.
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FedEx chose the Mystère 20 — later known as the Falcon 20 — as the basis for the fledgling overnight freight service back in 1971.
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Falcon 50, introduced in 1976, was designed to carry 8-10 passengers across the U.S. or over the Atlantic non-stop.
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The Falcon 2000, a smaller development of the twin jet Falcon 900, was the first computer-designed executive aircraft. It first flew on March 4, 1993.
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The Dassault Falcon 7X was first introduced to the public at the 2005 Paris Air Show. The business jet made its maiden flight a month before in Bordeaux-Merignac, France.
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In July 2009, the company handed out its 2000th Falcon jet to Koç Holding of Turkey.
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The Falcon 2000LX was designed to fly up to 4,000 nm at Mach .80.
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The Falcon 2000LXS became a replacement for the 2000LX in October 2012. The jet features improved short-field capability thanks to the addition of full-length inboard slats on the wing. Last month, the FAA granted certification for Dassault’s Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS.