FrontRunners: Military Bearing

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There is a good reason why the

business aircraft made by France’s Dassault Aviation resemble fighter planes:

The company’s Falcon business jet evolved from its Mystère military craft, which

first appeared in the 1950s. Dassault’s sleek, speedy Falcon 7X, with a range of

about 6,800 miles, entered service this year, and its new 2000DX, with a range

of about 3,750 miles, flew for the first time in June. Now the company has

announced plans to produce the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (www­.dassaultfalcon.com), a winglet-enhanced update of its 2000EX that

can fly about 4,600 miles at Mach .80 and climb to 41,000 feet in 18 minutes.

Dassault hopes to certify the $30 million LX next year and begin deliveries by

2010.

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