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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Second Falcon 8X Joins Flight Test Campaign

Falcon 8XThe second aircraft has joined the Falcon 8X flight test campaign as the ultra long range trijet continues to pass key development milestones.

Falcon 8X s/n 02 took to the skies from Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux-MĂ©rignac facility on Monday, March 30 at 3:24 PM local time with test pilots HervĂ© Laverne and Etienne Faurdessus at the controls. The flight plan was similar to that of the maiden flight on February 6.

After initial checks on the digital flight controls and engine system, the pilots took the aircraft to 43,000 feet and Mach 0.8 for performance tests. After the test routine, the aircraft ran a series of additional checks before touching down after 2 h and 45 min in the air.

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