The Dassault Falcon 50 is a French-built super mid-sized, long-range corporate jet, featuring a three jet engine layout with an S-duct central engine. It has the same fuselage cross section and similar capacity as the earlier Falcon 20 but is a completely new design, with as well as the third engine, a more advanced wing design and conformance with the Area rule.
The first prototype flew on 7 November 1976, with French airworthiness certification on 27 February 1979, followed by US Federal Aviation Administration certification on 7 March 1979.
The Falcon 50 was later replaced by the Falcon 50EX, the first of which flew in 1996, and the last of which was delivered in 2008. The Falcon 50EX features improved engines and other enhancements to give further range improvements to an already long-legged jet. It remains a very popular corporate jet for its long-range, luxury, and for the recognition of status for owning a fast three-engined jet.
The last Falcon 50EX was manufactured in late 2007 and delivered in early 2008.
Successors of the Falcon 50 are the Falcon 7X and the Falcon 900 featuring a larger fuselage and the same three-engine arrangement. Dassault Falcon announced in January 2008 what is essentially a replacement aircraft for the Falcon 50, codenamed the "SMS" (Super Mid Size). The basic design process, including engine select was supposed to be completed by the early 2009. However, in a June 2009 press conference, CEO Charles Edelstenne said that all design choices had been reopened and the goal was entended to the end of the year.
Dassault and Aviation Partners Inc. have announced that High Mach Blended Winglets are being developed for the Falcon 50 as a retrofit kit.
- France - French Navy
- South Africa
- Switzerland - Swiss Air Force
- Yugoslavia (Former)
Accidents and Incidents
The late Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana; the President of Burundi Cyprien Ntaryamira; the Chief of Staff of the Rwandan military, and numerous others were killed when Habyarimana's Dassault Falcon 50 was shot down over Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. The assassination of Habyarimana triggered the Rwandan genocide. The plane crashed on the grounds of the presidential residence.
Capacity: 8 to 9 passengers
Length: 18.52 m (60 ft 9¼ in)
Wingspan: 18.86 m (61 ft 10½ in)
Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10½ in)
Wing area: 46.83 m² (504.1 ft²)
Empty weight: 9,150 kg (20,170 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 18,500 kg (40,780 lb)
Powerplant: 3× Garrett TFE731-3-1C turbofan engines, 16.5 kN (3,700 lbf) each
Maximum speed: Mach 0.86
Cruise speed: Mach 0.82
Range: 6,480 km (3,500 NM, 4,025 sm)
Service ceiling: 14,935 m (49,000 ft)