Falcon 8X's First Flight
Dassault Aviation's new flagship, the ultra-long range Falcon 8X, completed its first flight. A little more than one month after rollout, test pilots Eric Gerard and Herve Laverne lifted off from Dassault Aviation's Merignac plant near Bordeaux at 02:00 PM February 6th. "Throughout the flight, the Falcon 8X demonstrated excellent handling qualities, the hallmark of all Dassault Aviation aircraft," said Gerard. "We reached each of the performance objectives set for the first mission and, in a few cases, surpassed target goals. I am confident that the remainder of the flight test program will proceed just as smoothly and feel extremely honored to fly such a handsome and well-engineered aircraft." The Falcon 8X is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, can fly 6,450 nm at Mach .8 with eight passengers and three crew. For somewhere around $58 million it could be yours.
Video: Dassault Aviation.