Dassault HU-25A Guardian - 1

A picture of the Dassault HU-25A Guardian; first of two at the Pima Air and Space Museum

The HU-25A Guardian is a version of the Dassault Falcon 20 executive jet.  The Falcon 20 originated as the Dassault-Breguet Mystere 20 in 1961.  First flown in 1963 the Mystere 20 was an 8-seat executive passenger plane intended for long range business travel.  Many were sold in the United States as the Falcon 20 with American made General Electric CF700 engines.  In 1982 the United States Coast Guard adopted a modified version of the aircraft designated the HU-25A Guardian for use as a high-speed search aircraft.  The only pure jet powered aircraft to ever serve in the Coast Guard the Guardian was used to search for accident survivors at sea and for anti-drug patrols.  The aircraft were modified with a large viewing window in the right-hand side of the cabin.  The Guardian served in the Coast Guard until 2014 when the last of them were retired.

Wingspan

53 ft 6 in.

Length

56 ft 3 in.

Height

17 ft 7 in.

Weight

32,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

483 MPH

Service Ceiling

42,000 ft

Range

1,500 miles

Engines

Two Garrett ATF3-6 turbofans with 5,440 pounds of thrust each

Crew

5

Manufacturer
Dassault

Markings
United States Coast Guard, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2001

Serial Number
2115

Designation
HU-25A

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