Dassault Falcon/Guardian/Mystere

1st Flight 1973

The Dassault Falcon 20 is a French business jet.

The first business jet developed by the firm, it became the first of a family of business jets to be produced under the same name, of these, both the smaller Falcon 10 and the larger trijet Falcon 50 were direct derivatives of the Falcon 20.

Variants

Mystère/Falcon 20

Prototype, one built, initially powered by two 14.68 kN (3,300 lbf) Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 turbojet engines.

Mystère/Falcon 20C

Initial production version.

known in the US as the Falcon 20 Basic.

Powered by the CF700-2C engines.

Falcon 20CC

One aircraft similar to the Falcon 20C, equipped with low-pressure tyres (Gravel runway modification, with reinforced belly, larger wheels and no main gear doors).

Mystère/Falcon 20D

Higher thrust engines (General Electric CF700-2D) and lower fuel consumption and more fuel capacity.

Mystère/Falcon 20E

Higher thrust engines (General Electric CF700-2D-2), higher zero fuel weight.

Mystère/Falcon 20F

Full leading-edge droop flaps and more fuel capacity.

Falcon 20FH

This was the original designation of the Falcon 200 prototype.

Falcon 20G

Maritime patrol and surveillance version, equipped with two Garrett AiResearch ATF3-6-2C turbofan engines.

Falcon 20H

This was the original designation of the Falcon 200.

Falcon 200

Improved variant, powered by two 2360-kg (5,200-lb) Garrett ATF3-6A-4C turbofan engines and with more fuel. Falcon ST

This designation was given to two Falcon 20s used by the French Air Force as systems training aircraft.

The aircraft were equipped with the combat radar and navigation systems of the Dassault Mirage IIIE.

HU-25A Guardian

United States Coast Guard version of the Falcon 20G.

Equipped with two Garrett AiResearch Garrett ATF3-6-2C turbofan engines.

HU-25B Guardian

Pollution control version for the US Coast Guard equipped with side-looking airborne radar (SLAR) under fuselage.

HU-25C Guardian

Drug interdiction version for the US Coast Guard, equipped with a Westinghouse APG-66 search radar and WF-360 Forward looking infrared turret.

HU-25C+ Guardian

Upgrade of HU-25C, with improved AN/APG-66(V)2 radar and new FLIR turret. All nine HU-25Cs converted.

HU-25D Guardian

Upgraded HU-25A, with AN/APS-143B(V)3 Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) and same FLIR as HU-25C+.

CC-117

Canadian military designation of Falcon 20C from 1970.

Fan Jet Falcon

The Falcon 20 was marketed in North America under this name.

Falcon Cargo Jet (Falcon 20DC)

Conversion of Falcon 20 to light cargo aircraft. Large numbers purchased/converted by Federal Express for overnight courier service.

Falcon 20C-5, 20D-5, 20E-5, 20F-5

Falcon 20 aircraft equipped with Garrett TFE731-5AR-2C or TFE731-5BR-2C engines.

Also includes adaptation of bleed air, anti-ice, hydraulic, fuel, electrical and engine control systems and installation of ATTCS (automatic takeoff thrust control system).

Specifications

Crew: 2

Capacity: 8–14 passengers

Length: 17.15 m (56 ft 3 in)

Wingspan: 16.30 m (53 ft 6 in)

Height: 5.32 m (17 ft 5 in)

Wing area: 41.00 m2 (441.3 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 6.4:1

Empty weight: 7,530 kg (16,601 lb)

Max take-off weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lb)

Fuel capacity: 5,200 L (1,100 imp gal; 1,400 US gal)

Powerplant

2 × General Electric CF700-2D-2 turbofans, 20 kN (4,500 lbf) thrust each

Performance

Maximum speed: 862 km/h (536 mph, 465 kn) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft) (max cruise)

Cruise speed: 750 km/h (470 mph, 400 kn) at 12,200 m (40,000 ft) (econ. cruise)

Stall speed: 152 km/h (94 mph, 82 kn)

Range: 3,350 km (2,080 mi, 1,810 nmi)

Service ceiling: 12,800 m (42,000 ft).

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