Dassault Falcon 50

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Falcon 50
Dassault Falcon 50 Afrijet Business Services TR-LGY.jpg
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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


Falcon 50 of the Armee de l'Air
 South Africa

Former operators[edit]

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

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, the Chief of Staff of the Rwandan military, two Burundian ministers, and 7 others were killed when Habyarimana's Dassault Falcon 50 was shot down over Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.[9] The assassination of Habyarimana triggered the Rwandan genocide. The plane crashed on the grounds of the presidential residence.[10]

On 20 October 2014, [ 2014.10.201.2357 Moscow Local Time ] Falcon 50EX F-GLSA was departing from Vnukovo International Airport on a flight to Paris when the landing gear hit a SnowPlough snow removal vehicle. The aircraft attempted to land after the pilot reported an engine fire and damage to the fuselage, the Falcon landing gear collapsed when it landed hard and the aircraft turned upside and was destroyed by fire. All four on board were killed, three crew members and CEO of Total S.A. oil and gas company Christophe de Margerie.[11]


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

General characteristics


See also[edit]

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


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1993). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • 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.

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