Dassault restores 50-year-old Mystere 20 business jet
Dassault has begun the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mystère 20 business jet serial number 1, with a presentation of a fully-restored aircraft
After a three year restoration, the first Mystère 20, the ancestor of the Falcon business jet, is set to return to public view. The restored Mystère 20 s/n 1 was unveiled last week at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris. It will next be shown at this year’s Paris Air Show.
The presentations at Le Bourget help mark the 50th anniversary of the Mystère 20’s first flight on May 4, 1963. Certificated on June 9, 1965, the aircraft – renamed the Fan Jet Falcon 20 at the request of its first customer, Pan Am – helped usher in a new generation of executive jets designed specifically for business aviation use.
Today, over 2,250 Falcons have been delivered to customers all over the world. Among the aircraft in the active Falcon fleet are some 300 Falcon 20s.