Air International 1981-04
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??? - Uncle Sam's Gallic Guardian
Celebrating the success of the Falcon in winning the US Coast Guard contract at the beginning of 1979, the Falcon 20F No 361 was displayed in Coast Guard colours at the Paris Air Show later that year, before its sale to the Egyptian Air Force.
As first flown, the prototype Falcon 20G retained the standard commercial Falcon's cabin windows and, as seen here, the large wing fences that had been a feature of all earlier Falcon versions. Smaller fences are now applied to the Falcon 20G and 20H.
First flown on 28 November 1977, F-WATF is the prototype Falcon 20G, being a standard production Falcon 20F fitted with Garrett AiResearch ATF3 engines. It was later fitted with the enlarged observation window at the front of the cabin, as seen here.
The prototype Falcon 20H, which is now the planned commercial variant of the basic aircraft with ATF3 engines. The smaller wing fences are apparent.
Interior view show the surveillance system operator's position in the rear of the Guardian's cabin, with observer seats at the front of the cabin.
Interior view show the surveillance system operator's position in the rear of the Guardian's cabin, with observer seats at the front of the cabin.
An impression of the Gardian in Aeronavale colours, this being the name by which the maritime surveillance version of the Falcon 20H is to be known in France.
Dassault-Breguet HU-25A Guardian
Dassault-Breguet Falcon 20H