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The author would like to express his sincere thanks to

the followinq lndivl dual- 'f' Af the ~ -- contrfb - rtlon while

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VAREBEK'E,-MajorG'. VAN'CAETER~Tld Lt DE WLLD,:E of VS,ll[R.,P BAF Pu,bll.c Affairs and to ,LtC'o,1 Wilfried "Bill n TERSAGO~,

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GJEL1S\", cornmender .Flight IG-rOUP", Thanks also to the

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.A. 'very special thanks to. Lt Ma.rck D:E BOEC'K of Bierset alrbase, who showed me, around and provided me some very nice photos which can be found throuqhout this book and the pilots 11 Dash 1 '!il from

which '--the diagrams wier-e· taken. ~ ,

My sincere apoloqies to those :~ forgot to mention, it was unintentional,

The auth .. or

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'[JS IEd~tor :: Bob LETTERIMAN

'Text &. Besearch : 'WUly PEE:'TIER,S

l,ayout : WWy P"EE.TIE:RS

E~ec*n~n1iir~ PLDbli~sll~ng : Roger ST'iA:AU,S,

Photosettlng : S'C,ANIB'O/B,eer49,1 B,elgl~um

Pr~nted by : Druikk,e~;Oil DE. PE:'UT"ER nv,

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C'O.···'V'E,'R-" M['R"A" G'"'E' 'V' B R2' 7- · !if. k' d t"[ th dl h th "...11 -~ ~O"-"

; , ."" , U,'·.·_','I", .. " ...•.. '·.1 18 seen. Ill.a,:lng U1p speed un ~ tne neeoie reac .• es tne required ~(j,: ...

knots take-off 'mark: and with the ,g,ear retracted before reachinq 24·0 knots, it wjU

soon be headi ng to its des] 9 nated ta rg ell: for an afternoon photo-sesslon.

M~RAG'E V· 'SA I? on the apron of lts horne base Bierset, northwest of Lhegl2 in the southern part of Belqiurn.

,A former Patrounle' de France pilot, currently assigned to, EC 3/1,3 at Colmer; France, o'waitin'g the removal of the ladder by 01 rnechenic before ta:ktng off for its ho'm,€ base"

(Photo by Marek De Boeck)

TrrLE PA'GE: ,A B,edgian Ai~r Force Mira'Qe' V 'BR hooked-up to a test unlt en the sunny side of

the ~ lrf eld n:I~'~'1J... the oround ..... rr10·w··:': enjoyi n(iJ ~ p",' o-:,oC'·co lb 11,;:3. c-,o' ffee brea I .• ,

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R"EAR ·'C:O;V·ER::, lst Lt Didier 'LECQEU~ c-ranking UlP BA54", .spottlnq the nickname ·'DfVA.:RB"AKIR EX,PR.ESS,u as a. reminder to its, brief stay in 'Turkey during the

recent Gulf 'Warm .

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on ttie outskirts of Bierset Air Base show.l'ng· to qood adnentaqe ttie dual speedbrekes end the distinc tine NN': '0" S' TE' P U me.' a" rkjlnlg o .. ·n' tho e upp er --,~'. Il~d': lb" t'Uk~""'" T':h':: ".,_., ",k, ~I~.'~ _~ .. 'I "~lff("" '"., .. -O"A" SI.,_'IS"A·· .·IC:U:·I .. ··'I·I':r'"

,spee, ,'·'fla'·lea,' 'I,e s ,e\e.' ,ttnes 0' t,,1: - S _--,: .'~, , .. , .. ,. ..... .'

d' : .. , ;0,:" .... tes .d ,.'.- I~I, .. I . ,1· ," . cl" I'.· h" .... , ' .. '1 . ~. "I" d·, Fi" ,.

I estqn.statu: OIU.1.. very cteeru] IUJ .en oieuiea trom

this enqle.

(RigJ1_t) The qun muzzles are located on the louier sides or the' air intakes D,n either side of the elrcrsft. NOlte the red protectioe cover end the IFF antenna

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l.n I le nose ,gear ,. oar:

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A- d'd' ; itionel " xie ~ -,', -.~' stores inclu de the supersonic 5-"0"0-1 Iit .,,, f .. ,~ "._, k: (:"b -J10)' o' r' w-h" e israe _:,l~L ,I ",ut ex, /el n,,&~, S,O,l,~' ~,_ ':,_" !Lt" f;, ,-_:,_,'t."i',J",: .L: ~ ,I,. ,[ e" J ueL ,LQ,n- " a" ~"Dl:.!'~} '.' t:,- tu,,!, "

J 7001 liter fuel reserooir (rig'h t a tid bottom left) ~ O,n the ,aft louse; side of the [uselnqe ere loceiea a chett/tlere dtspenser - a iue! dump (in "the uiina root) and the ventral housinq

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uiltn the IOn-'l'O'f"nOn-C-'f erresiinq h: 0;'0' k

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H:OOH IQDWN P. USH9UITO.N

CABLE CATCH

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(Far lett) 1 hie ./'vl'i'rage tei! usit]: various ,ECM enien-

(eb db~"

nitS . a.-Qve' ,an_ ~,e,tIDW'

rudder} end. the pnnctpet UHF cLn,tenna, on ,top ottne

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(Leit) A ,Mirag'!e chomcieristic is the boiile-n eck: shape ,of' [,h e [uselaqe.

(Bottom left) The outer uiiru; tip J(Jf' the' .M"i'rage has ~, c"~,,o-, n~' 'c····a··~ .. · V.·'D! st: .::::.p .. le.··· ~r'o·· Q .... ;p ..• ~',f-

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mise air flow end [itt du-

rinq martle'UUIE!'rs,.,

(Bottom riqhl} The riot air area of the Mirag'e ,willI tiie h,eav,i(y damnqed dr.ag· chute housinq cone [us;

bTl' iii ~ Ii, ii t.~ t iii

a D'VE!.. ._~ tus cone is ,je' ,~,:lS'O~'

ned tniten the dr:a.g chute ectio« .. t.ln.g' tiendle is putled, end -is l.a ter retrieoed by qrcundcreu: ..

The ,M',lrag'_ e V is poioered

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by this SNECMA A,TAR 109

'C" "5" [e! en qin D p .. '- rou id in. g'

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43100 kg' o.f thrust in mili,~~,~""'!-i a',n' d ,t;IO"'I(),Q', k,,:g" ,_' tti .rust ~n"

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full AB (eiterburner mede). ,A h·reauy duu; cert is needed to trensier the en-

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g,ln,e .'.' iW,(li,C'- uieiqns some

1,4,Q10' ,k,g) [rom the test

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suuu: to tne I,'" enqer w, '-':,ere

-'h !'_ -' - - ,-- j1'-"-'t - "d.'

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t .€ e,ng,lnes a~e I 12: l te ,.

T"h- - -, --"',-," h'-, ,,' '" ",g" -t,' "I "

,,'e' enqine (IS a ,'.' suiqe

compressor and a ,2 _stag,e'

,;Iii" srbine L.~~' ~ tf" ,,"';I!!I

Despite the Si'2'€ of t'h is enqine; its' pertormence is someuiher inierior to thet

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lof oiner ··:lra.ge-l,fJ,_ ters

SU1C'/l as' the MIRA ,OE .f/L

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aX'llnUll1 spee .. :· lS some

7'-'k"O-1 k: """"i~Li!"'!! belc I,,' 3-':3"·.-0'-:0'-"0·····' ,'l-

. J_.. "nO~i ·e,Q.!w __ .. -.1 .. _. " ,Il

,cl" 11 d near MA, C.H2' eb 0 v e the t fl,lgh t ie U ,el..

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b tu d '"'th tho l ·1'"

. le~ in,", Wl[·.'· ;', re ,P' asrrc

fuel collector tookmq comp.lete~y out of Pi [a ce on an ettnck aircre]i but urtiicn keeps tile excess fuel (due to fuel expansion in trie mein wing' tnnk:s erid the lower ccn trs l fu·selag·· e

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tank) trom I beino spit-

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ted end csusinq a. fire hazardous situation.

,l'!\I .. I;-, the droc sed ,,' ~'" : ....

J JO[(:Jte " Ie aroopei unnq

flap and tile IIN'O'S"TEP'" mnrklriqs [0'11 the .flap end the aileron.

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~C4l'.-'Ii Atflr::r;;rNA.,5 .OOf"'PI!.IEF.i!l ANTENNA ~-.~.- ....

. A. photo dom in a ted' by the large 17010. Iitsr

fc", l:l· k tii h h '. '. '~::f' ~

tue tnn :., W uc .' S.GWS ,v,arlOIUS mteresunq

't . f the a" H"F' bi' d t _." t

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t!~m~ ,~,uc_l as "le, .... .,' a e en: .einn~J[!-S

a" of· tb OJ c,~'n~n ~1.hO! Up' 'p" '0" spine T'A C loAN"

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,antle'nna tv.l.th ,an atvr.,lIfary air intake just. next ;~0 ~I~ t

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Note the access pane! tOI' the eiectricnl comportment just sbooe ttie ,u}fn,g root and the dog tcoti: of the wlng' j:,ust ebooe the fuel tenk:

T- h'" ,':.'; '~:" ,'_ le ' .. ' d ,', 1-' td: ,,,' h·' "'1!", 6· .. 1103',4 .. 1 ,. 'I' ...

_€ unru; teeouv; eaqe ~ as a .·'Ill ,_.'~. angle

to the centerline of' the' eircreli. Wlng'

- fi' l~' 3' "'4"- B"" "r. e met .

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sur aces lequ,a, some s-s.e squsn: meters.

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A. S€'Uerl. tube LIt,U 32' BIA rocket launcher flrli',ng' 2~ 75 inch rcckete Ican. be carried on the' larger outer plylo,n. Wh,en tired in the "ssloo" mode !Q rocket is lsunctied eneru O~V3 seconds. Note tiie ,py.lon~ {,S inteqrails] mounted to the flu,p acl'i1tJa-tfflQ essemblu.

The' ieuricb er rneasures J,5801n1nl in lenqtti end 245m:m in diemeier: .

The Iouier side of' the left air intake tuith, a qood oieui

the uii t h' '·r t" b I "t' b

on __ ',,€' untu; roo' nousuiq: .nsst oetoui u can oe seen

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"e ,gas ex a,USt Ive,n, , 0 l e quri. note . ie mstae . 'eall,

at' the nose gear dOD/: -

(Rig'/lt) The slnqleumecl nose qeer strut' uiitl: the

f k f· l n h t d it! -h

'-I -, ," -. Dr" .' l':J, , " .• ,' .J . - 1,'1' .. - ." • . . ., . ." -."

u,ppe 01 ::, use ,a,:ge a, ac " tnen , ,an~~, ,W u. 1, n e

torque/erui skim essembti; cieeru; stioum ,on the bo «iom IOlt t he strut:

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(E" ,i 1") D' I d d' l d j l" h i-rl "

I rer rlgr1 u uun upper / oars' a,nc-' ,aflr. l.ng" uqtus are ttie

"LO,S! important ieaiures in this iron: v'ie,w oithe nose

g'oa"r- st r ui

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A, small ladder lean be eiisched to the left fuselage side ,slfght{y' in ironi lot the cenopu. Note the' couer ouer the static pori (aside) and: ttie louier ,D"O'PPLER' entennn (boiiom) all the nose, Also 110te the small emerqencu rescue uiindoui (marked in y,ellow) jtJst aft cfthe 'CIQ,nopIY,.

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(Top) A sinqle strut. retracts the nose qesr into the nose g . seer well which hes

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b ,~. '.. . IN'''' h'

a . ere a~lumlnum co or~, ote t. re

distance beiuseeri the eir intskes t1 11 d the [useleqe.

(Rl,gh t) A seoerelu uieethered center pulor: uihicii runs el. the way tnrouqt: to the nentrel spine 011 the atl side of tll€ tuseteae. The cntpped-ol] panel aside the n-o'n,t' of the' pylon g',tves acc'less to the qun (o'Jle on eecn suie) and' is part ot a gun pnck: uii: icti can be seen on the next peqe. In .. side detei! o] the bare aluminum main .gear door is elso cleer:

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L-' ft·· lid' d "1' f'" h l' l' l"l f 'i h' 'i h" d

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. en s: .e, etai. D. the mneei we" umu: rs . arc

t,o' pbotoorept: from ,any ,angle.

(Left) lriside detail of' ih e utheei urell uiith

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-=-1 .. ,- .. I . ," I " '-:-" - . Ij ," •. '. ' '1 -, I I I : "":-'1 . I ' ", . '. . '" I • ,",

oenous ptpes arl.' tut: Lng teeunru; J'US .. eno-ug,

.",'" ...... ';-. I t. ·r:(t~ th-" ...'" ,'~' t,::f.::1 and the ioheei

room. 0 Ill, ,e nose g·eaf stru: a., I ...':' .e·. L

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o~le' I., ·'e, r ,I ,an,e·n.rla co,nnec l,o'n In . e ···;OOI~

T 3· 0'" D"'EEi\" 'd -, d l bl

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LVO mm , -'_'-i' ,cann,ons are sl· .. e-mounted .·0 a rem'Dv,a",',_e

k hi h' ~ h-' 356- tArI

anrrmo' pes: W _;, tc -. uieu; :,5 .::.,> r:».

The 801 k's ,h-eavy gU,(1S ere inietcbonqeebte end ere pouiered b_y a. 24 oott» electrical current.

The t.WO ,gtlrl barrels c,an be seen in front of the peck.

The; opposite side ot the center pylOll w itt: the le]! side qu n door in the center of tne picture Extenslue use of the eitcraft leeoes a lot o't scratches and chipped'-olfpanels uihici: uiil! be replaced or ooerpein .. ted ui ,h. ,e.n. meier coertie ut is exec uied.

Amrno cepectu; [~S·' 2····:'x····12···:··5,· round ·S··:' W:,J', icc "h,:--: a""'~·-,,: el zctrit: .--:::.,',',., ieeded

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Inp.~y S ,.es nre reitieue .. I'EJ,le" tnen ctiscerde uinicn ,was t ~e

." tb eome eert i f:" h~ t ~'A d ~ 1-- 2' "0- 0"" ~:

case U"'l'.- .SQ,nle eartler Jl.g'.~ '€T' pl8.n,e's., _mmo spee is _ ·.'··'.·1 · to

},4·00 rounds per minute iubict: counts tor some' 6 seconds of

Ill·. fFill N" . h- t- f-' k'

conilruous tire.Note i .", e cotor 0'.' the anln10 pac ': i,

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LANIDIING GEAR, :RIETR"A,'C:TIONI

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LOCK liNG OF itiiE PiGiUA'fOP,S.

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(Top left) Bottom ,de':t'ail of the ,area, beiuieen the tnnin ItlJh ee iuells lwlth a close view' on the rear o! tiie cen ier PJd Ion" Note; the ushlte TACAN

enterine at the top of the picture.

(Top) The' le~ft maiti gear strut. wft.h the touier speed brake (painted' red end yeltow) just in Iront. oi it. Ttie emell bleck/uettou. pene! at the top riqh: lot the picture !c'lotj~ers rh e;1 elec-

tricel connect.

(Left} The large mein qeeu' door w itli rein[orcement ribs is dual tiitiaed end has a front and' rear lockinq deoice. No te th. e tV.11 eel ,[.1) et! inner detail.

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A V· ," "'v oi ~h" ~, -". '. " '~ "",,'~., J,,- ,- ki -

., .. leL, ' ... '. ~ 'e uppe,! splne fDa; Lng

aft. 'TIle' red bend marks tne iron! end of ih e eriqine. The upper TA,CA.N antenna end the auxiliary air intakes can be seen ius; a,ft o{' it. 'The' two smell round access

1 .' ,f{ ", " h

pa,tl€ S in trotit gllJ,f!~ wa,Y to trie

iiudreuuic reserooirs.

(Precious pag'e!~" top) B'A,2-7 in, its early, day',s teeturina a 'Vtetna,m

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tY',P'f2 cemouileqe scheme with I'off

W"'I'~1" iie" louser surieces

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(Preo i'OUS··~·'~ pag····.·ei, bottom) Two

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v ieuis Oir the Iouiet uitridscreen

d f .. ,' .. tl f h t '. d' .' #- ~

erau LVI' 1 l. .,€ ,'LVO eur cotuuuon-

tng tempers: t ure probes- [us; in front Note ttie instruments ere not

CIO' .oered w·' it ~1" C·;'"a ;'1,' va,s~' tor vo;n ·t· i:

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letior: purposes..

(R,lg'11t) Upper win"g' deuii! on tll€ left side. The tl.Ji'ng root iuel tank couer can be seen next to the d'og' tootn on the rig,h t.

'TIle spine oteused irom tile seme location as it: the top left picture but lockins; [oruiord. The lerqe pene! h·', -=-s b .. , .... , . '....... . zd ··l~'···' '. '. '1 ' . ,[.l,t . ,eL, ,.een re,mo'v,e Q'lloLvzng

a ni J'5 W" .., n' v' a···· ri 0';" U' S", p' .'. ; p .0 s" a~" n· " d" "

. n. L : .' ~ l. : • I' ,',".> .:. ,'. <. IL' .. ' Lt. ",- "-:;.' '".

hoses. AlfTlO'st all planets' need to be un screuied [or rna interiece

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iuitt: ueru few "quick: release" tuitciies present on, eerti; [et fighte:rs SIUC-fl es the ,Mirage,.,

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(Fa liou: ing' pnqe) The same aircarit; B'R26j heediiu; touierds the.

t h! h l" i' "d' T.~ .• ~ f: th ,~ ,i, f"

sun tunu; ettituae. trus eircrett, Ii'·€, reconnarssance oersron ,0"-'

the .MJRA.'GE' V' in. seroice uiitl: the Belqien Air Force, belonqs to l'f04·2' Squadron. {(S. emblem, the "Mephists:" is pro,udfJ' uiorn on

th' . 9' :i-a· l" -

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A' pert ttom the no': "'5",01 tonoerd Ol{'" the ioindsc reen .. r the BR is, exier-

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'lally the same ias the BA .. (Ph.D.to .by Mere}: DE BOEICK)

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Another occasion end a' diitereni nircredi but ag"lain' a,.' strl'king'-

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sc, ,_,en'1e ,app,.le to.". lra,ge r ."" 0, J ]~' .·:'q.l1 ,-' leIse, r= ,(I ,ase .. · ,po

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ra· rIle,· r-,li,-· L,.~t1 ,lS 'Lrylng J,S - ... most ",10 piesse seoeuu p.,:'O·-

qrephers Ion board of a BAF' IC~ 13'10 Hercules on this photo tour: (Photo b,Y ,Mltrc'k De Boeck).

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The M'irag,(f!' 'V msin instrument panel is a iupica! 1'96'O's' d'ieslgn and .s·trongly resembles thet or the ,Mirage JI1~, The oerious instruments end their [unciion are expuuned tn tne dteorem at rlg/lt

Note the blue leg res tre inis al the eiectiori seet beinq draped ouer the instrument penel Ugllt

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The instntletion of the new .fvl'k'lO seei li,las

co'-' m·· . b ;; 11 ed . s i'h th. t,«, t I' 'f'" . ". f' '

'. . ··· r tt I~ ..... Wit., f" e Itn,S, a,tatlO,n 0 a

detonstion c 0', rd inside the r ··' C:' enopi; g:"~a·,··'s··s··'·

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purchase was the inclusion of a reconnaissance type aircraft.

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(Inlik .. ··· the DI,·'t·· '~h:" (their -: .... '. ·t-·h .. :··, -._.- .... ·--:-··e'-··:-:>-'h:-b·· .. ··:-·, -.~.')" whc .'.';'_-"::':_"" 'II:~:";'II' i.muxe .. ' e .lJ c .... err nor J, .ern .. n 19 ioours W 0 were usinq

recce pods on their :F·-5IS~ the' 'Belgians preferred a .. n aircraft

'.',' ith , t . _:_:- .-. , .. ' __ :·c· ~ -- ,. 'r' . te .-d·: .. - ::. - '. ra· -. 'S-- IS a·· - ,_ .. i' -- __ :'.' ,-c. ] t;.'h· ",:':" ," .. ·· .. .t "', '".' '.' 1

w.~ , .. m erria .. ~,y mountec cameras, .:."IVln.g !~JJ.~I,I,e externa

h a rd 'p'" 0··.- .• ·. ints to, cia rry.····~. extra fu el ta nks -' 1'" n c r eas .. ·l .. ·ng: the

'. . ' _ .. j[. . .. , . . . ',-, . _ _ .. _ ,,_ ... - _' ,.._ .~ .= '. '!' ". Lit.. . . . ...

surveillance ranqe,

This eircreft: designated .B'.R. (for reconnaisaance) was to,

,i h h 4"'2-" d-'I S d - f" 1 b d a F--'~

serve with t: e;., .nc Squac ron, . orrneny oasec at . iorennes

A· ,. '81 ·'11 h " - 11 -.. . f-:- i, . ~ ~'11 .. h II'

~ ir Base until t :,: e tnstallatton 0'.' cruise rnrssites in the late

80','15"., which fo irce ',d""': its tran sitio .. ·n-' to .. · Bier set

'._ " , _" ~ . l"! I I ~ '. _", "~'. '._.. ....:. . I - • ; •.•. .:._ 1 _ ~ 'U _ .I~.~ .w ~ . _" . .":' - . I " .. .v . . II

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Doumuierd end stdeuuu; lo,o'kin~g VINLTEN cemetns ere installed in

the nose compartment 0" the ,BR~ These cameras can be loaded end

ti d ttl ,I, d b I

em,pi -le._ W,~,t.1Jn, seconas oi; iouier-

l'ng tbe s'ingl'e door uitucti is hlnqed ,a,t the real:

Requler exercises are held to test the speed ,0"',"""" pessin g,'., 'd'-, 'a,l:a-' 0, ibt» .t:

, . ~. ~~.. ., U ,lj. " .... ,L. 1 ., ll. t..,

ned durinq reconneissence (l.,i:ghts

on':' 't"'O'1 t.h'" e qround 'tr~'O'IO-inIS'-

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The csmere control panel is located beloui the main instrument penel, well urittitn reecti oi the pilot

Because of the:' relative smell size

f 'r h AA'~ k ,. t ,I

D, ;~, ,'Ie t-ureqe coctcpu, some' ui-

strumenis are mounted to the

d f - U

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IW In SC,I een. I arn e, pa,.1 tin, . y

blockinq tiie pilot's "desd ehend" vl,ewl

IlRI\G CH'!J1lE, ~C'UATIJ.I.il] liANULE

DElPLOYlEO

(Top) Mlrag'€ IV BR,14,· eboui to lourer tts nose gf:'ar onto Kleine Broqel's tunumu uiiti: the btiqht: colored ,drag chute fully deploued.

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(Abooe) A photo to S/1'D[U) the tWl11 seat M'lrage' has tiie same fron: cockpit as the sinqie sesi onrinru. 0'( special interest ls the small' placard h,oldlng' radio ceil s(gns jus.t in front lot th,€ ,ca,nop'!j' freme on the riqh: end the area underneath. tne ejection seei

, d i thi - .. -

rieue;ale'_ .. in :, 'lS tJle,W ..

(R-:"'" '. h·' to) T·h,· .' ',' b "f'·k'· h·· sd , 'f' th ' .. - ·Ii .. ,. ··,t' . ,,,' k· sit ", '"th: tb ': . '."," t·

"lg I .... tie rear ,'U:, en. 0' I,' te tron: cO!C,.:'P.l ,UJl~ ne sea,

d h . ,Il d - ~ l' /{\.I t tn ~';f- .. f l h ~ '. 'k' .

rem/oo'e, snounnq a,~' aetnii. no .. e t '.,e posuion ,0[' I, e sir iniatce In

_ .. t'" '1-jIL,~ -: '.- t, ',- th" ." . '. c, 'k" ,- .!lIt ,-c, -:-:- d " .. :' :,', ' " :-.' /·'th ,t, h :, B~,IA ,t··~ J' " >-

lea~JOn,o ,., vecocxpt an. compare Wl "Ie,.;~, ,~p'e,.,

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(R'.i'_g·h t) To. protect the. beck:

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seeier In case 0, eJec .. usn a

~"·d th ..

SO,[l_ tr. ree-piece perspex

uiindous is mounted in, iron: 0(' tile caft instrument panel houslnq (ag'ain uiitbout any ,,' .. -r) Note the '···'l:l··· .~ nR'"

co' ve··r I ',,0.:, ,e· I. ,.Ie' f,W'e·' , 'IO·.IW·. ". :0_

•• -."", ," J '. [! .. '~.' I ~ " ". ,.\.....ml

moue Before Fliqtu" tag on the eieciion sent.

(Abov',e) The reet cockpt: main instrument panel oieuied from the air inieke. Note the CClJ10P,Y' piercets 10,11 top ol the' {fo,nt se'a t end the "around securinq llne n runninq thronal: nerious ectuietinq hnndles on the side' console and the m,ain penel. Also note the

• • • • u ~

teiniorcemeni Ion the ,aft ca,nop!J' (ram,e to fit the air inteke contours.

(Rfght) The aft seat rear bulkhead holds 's'OI/TI,e control units end the coriopi; ectuaiors on left erui riqht. Also note the rear pert of tne c,an'()p'y has tile same dcioruitiru; cord as' the slr~,gll,e seei oersion.

(B'Ott01TI,-, i',eft and tl'g/lt) Feui control panels can be found on the rear cockpit side conso I es.

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The ltmited number lot' external stores iind the Ftencti

l k '. fi dd ~t" l h d 'F t h th

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MIRAGE V /50 FRENCH AIR FORCE

Another country to fly the' Mira.ge V was Israel who already used the M~ralg[e' II successfully and 'who were ~.oo:kin,g' for additional aircraft B' ec ause their p·· .. lot -. e already farni iliar with tbe f yr-m1n- g'

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characteristics of the Mi:rag',e, (and because of a worldwide a rns

-'.:.', barqo) the ID",F' "'-'-1"'," " ·8-'I"n· turned t-',· F --', ,'-. W-' lth t ie '-1-"-" est

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or lai SImp' unec version 0, ne rvuraqe ,-I O~ w .. tc I~, most expensive

avionics and weapon systems were quite useless in the, M,jld.dle East enviro t- inrn .. · en t The deletion of th Ie' "C .yrano" rad a r ena bled

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_' . e lnsta a Ion. ,O~- a more aeroc ynarruc 'nose section W tc

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delivered because F, ance also 'was to follow the arms embargo shortly before the Six Day W:ar in 196'7 ~

Other countries were to benefit from this. but the Armee de 1 'AIr decided -'0' create E,C 3/13 "Auverqne" squadron which started operatinq the M.irag·'e' V'F from. Colmar.

Some of their aircraft la.re shown here during a stop at Bierset, which is fully capable of handlinq this French. fig:hter~

(Photos by M,ar'ck De Boeck)

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n ~ e' wa " e 0 I: ,Ie,. ~ U,W= __ (Ij,r m,an,Y , .. : ,·t1. .-:> caun. rIe,s,

were. asked to sent in troops ()r aircraft tOI support the rnassive effort of the IU,SI Arm ed Force s en.g·,ag1ed. in Iraq and 1'-'uwaIDt~ Together 'with some Navy minesweepers and. patrol vessels, Belq ium

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terset i to convert ternporare Y' tOI .'·.·my·arl-,a sir ,'>lr

Base In Turkey to fly' border patrol sorties and in case of hostilities eventually take evasive action agalnst the Iraqi's.

The photo at left shows the ,MiraJg,e.s arrivinq at Diyarbaklr under the watchful! eyes- of Turkish F ... ·16

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pt .O~S an, , qrounc crew"

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a late afternoon aortje, moments before sunset which C·· omes s:'- ddt 1-,1":' "'I the I\;i\'''d··d-,'l_:_, East

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