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Dassault Falcon 50

Falcon 50
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
First flight 7 November 1976
Status Active
Primary users Armee de l'Air
South African Air Force
Italian Air Force
Produced 1976–2008[1]
Number built 352
Developed from Dassault Falcon 20
Variants Dassault Falcon 900

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 twinjet but is a completely new design that is area ruled and includes a more advanced wing design.[2]

Design and development

The first prototype flew on 7 November 1976, with French airworthiness certification on 27 February 1979, followed by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification on 7 March 1979.[2] Dassault developed a maritime surveillance and environmental protection version as the Gardian 50[3]

The Falcon 50 was later replaced by the Falcon 50EX, the first of which flew in 1996,[4] and the last of which was delivered in 2008.[1] 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 Falcon 50EX designation applies to serial numbers 251, and 253–352, which marks the end of the production line for the Falcon 50/50EX.

The last Falcon 50EX was built in late 2007 and delivered in early 2008.

Successors of the Falcon 50 are the Falcon 7X[5] and the Falcon 900 featuring a larger fuselage and the same three-engine arrangement. Dassault 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 extended to the end of the year.

Dassault and Aviation Partners Inc. have announced that High Mach blended winglets were being developed for the Falcon 50 as a retrofit kit.


Falcon 50 of the Armee de l'Air
  • The Italian Air Force operated four Falcon 50s from 1985 until 2005, when two aircraft were retired[6]
 South Africa

Former operators

Yugoslav Falcon 50 in 1984, later used by Serbian Government.

Accidents and incidents


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988–89 [12]

General characteristics
  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 8 to 9 passengers
  • Length: 60 ft 9¼ in (18.52 m)
  • Wingspan: 61 ft 10½ in (18.86 m)
  • Height: 22 ft 10½ in (6.98 m)
  • Wing area: 504.1 ft² (46.83 m²)
  • Empty weight: 20,200 lb (9,163 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 38,800 lb (17,600 kg) Falcon 50; 40,780 lbs (18,500 kb) Falcon 50EX ()
  • Powerplant: 3 × Garrett TFE731-3-1C on Falcon 50 / 3 x Honeywell TFE731-40 on Falcon 50EX models turbofan engines, 16.5 kN (3,700 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.86 Indicated Mach (0.842 True Mach) (900 km/h, 484 knots, 557 mph)
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.80 Indicated Mach (0.786 True Mach) (837 km/h, 452 knots, 520 mph)
  • Range: 3,000 NM, 3,450 sm / 5,555 km (Falcon 50); 3,220 NM, 3,700 sm / 5,965 km (Falcon 50EX) ()
  • Service ceiling: 49,000 ft (14,935 m) - Typical Cruise Altitude 37,000 ft Falcon 50; 41,000-43,000 ft Falcon 50EX

Collins ProLine4 Falcon 50EX

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b Taylor 1988, p.75.
  3. ^ Taylor 1993, p.928
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ Official website Aeronautica Militare
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Dassault Falcon 50 9XR-NN Kigali". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Accident description for ASN Aircraft accident 20-OCT-2014 Dassault Falcon 50EX F-GLSA at the Aviation Safety Network
  12. ^ Taylor 1988, pp.75–76.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (editor). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988–89. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5.

External links

  • Dassault Falcon 50 official website
  • Falcon 50 at

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