The Dassault Falcon 20, in my opinion is the coolest, most beautiful looking business jet I’ve ever laid eyes on.
N1881Q departing RWY16 @ HPN.
This aircraft spoiler[/spoiler] designed by Dassault Aviation ( <- awesome website btw) was the first to be designed in the Falcon series. Introduced in 1963, it first saw the skies in that year registered F-WLKB on 4 May 1963 , and was in production from 1963-88. The stock variation comes with two Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 engines, but most are updated and outfitted with 2 × General Electric CF700-2D-2 turbofan engines, capable of carrying up to 14 passengers 1,808 nautical miles (or 2,080 miles) at speeds of 465 knots!
Some of it’s most famous operators go as follows:
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) operated a model called the HU-25 Guardian. The Guardian was used as a high-speed spotter aircraft to locate shipwreck survivors and direct slower-moving aircraft and rescue vessels, and to interdict aerial and shipborne drug trafficking
In 2011, NASA acquired a former Coast Guard HU-25C for use in Operation IceBridge
In April 1973, Federal Express began its air express package delivery service using Falcon 20s out of its distribution centre in Memphis, Tennessee. At the height of its use, the cargo airline flew 33 Falcon 20s
The Casualties Affairs Contract with Dassault helps bring fallen soldiers back to their home bases via these aircraft.
(I take no responsibility for the above operators, the authors can be found on Wikipedia)
I hope you guys liked this little information session about the Falcon 20, and hopefully, you learned something. What are your guys’ thoughts about this beauty?