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September 24th and 25th, 2022

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Planes in flight and static

Dassault Falcon 50

To meet American demand for a long-range aircraft, the study of the Falcon 50 was launched in 1974. It will have to travel 3,400 nm or 6,300 km with FAR 121 reserves, or cross the Atlantic. North or the United States, nonstop. Before him, no business jet could cross the Atlantic while respecting the standards inherent in public transport. In December 1976, the Company's management decided to transform the prototype by equipping it with an optimized wing to reduce "supercritical" zone effects. The first flight with the new wing took place on May 6, 1977 in Istres, with Hervé Leprince-Ringuet and Gérard Joyeuse at the controls. The aircraft confirms the hopes placed in the wing formula. The Falcon 50 becomes the first civil aircraft in the world equipped with a supercritical wing. Certification was obtained on February 27, 1979. The technological “leap” due to the choice of such a wing is considerable. It allows Dassault to equip the new Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000 models with only a slight optimization. Industrialization was launched in November 1976 after an agreement between the Government, Aerospatiale and Dassault.