Falcon Jet History

Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation

Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation was founded by Marcel Bloch in 1929 as Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch. He began to manufacture aircraft in the early 1930’s for the French military. In 1937 the French government nationalized his company and Dassault was retained as a civil servant. When the government fell from power he founded a new company.

After the Germans invaded France in World War II Marcel Bloch, who was Jewish, was asked to build aircraft for the German war effort as an “honorary Aryan.” He refused and was went into hiding. He was later arrested in Lyon and jailed. Eight months before the war ended he was deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp where he remained until the area was liberated by American forces in May 1945. After the war he changed his last name to Dassault.

Post World War II Dassault Aviation was once again a nationalized company because it had been destroyed during the war. Dassault then created a new company named Avions Marcel Dassault and began development of small military liaison aircraft. In 1954 Dassault introduced its next jet, the Mystère. Designed as a subsonic fighter, the Mystère was the first European jet to break the sound barrier in level flight.

In 1961 Dassault began development of the Mystère into a small business jet. The civilian version of the Mystère was sold outside of France under the name of Falcon. The Falcon would later became one of the world’s most popular private jets. In 1972 Dassault and Pan Am created an American subsidiary called the Falcon-Jet Corporation (Later named Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation) for the sale and service of Falcon jets in the United States. Pan American signed a contract to distribute the Mystère 20 in the western hemisphere and ordered 40 aircraft with options on 120.

Deliveries began in 1965 to the Pan American outfitting facility at Burbank Airport, California.

Falcon 2000S

The Falcon 2000S was introduced at the 2011 EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland as a large cabin competitor to the super-mid-size business jets. In order to compete with that class, the aircraft was initially priced at $25 million. The Falcon 2000S is based on a standardized variant of the Falcon 2000LX. The main difference being the fuel capacity is reduced from the LX, thus reducing the range to 3,350 Nautical Miles with 6 aboard and NBAA IFR reserves.

The Falcon 2000S will contain the LX’s 7,000-hour TBO, 7,000- pounds-thrust PWC 308C turbofans and Primus Epic EASy II cockpit and system. The only real difference between the 2000S and 2000LX is the fuel capacity and resulting reduced range.

The original Falcon 2000 shares the 900’s wing and forward fuselage. It is a twin-engine transcontinental business jet with a cabin 7 feet shorter than the Falcon 900.

Aircraft Operating Costs

Variable Cost Per Hour: $3,343
Annual Fixed Cost: $726,458

Range

Seats Full Range: 3,613 NM
Ferry Range: 3,681 NM

Engine Installation

Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Model: PW308C
Installed on A/C : 2