Military Aviation

ATAC took delivery of all 63 refurbished Mirage F1s

ATAC Mirage F1 inventory represents the single largest common fleet of privately-owned ADAIR aircraft in the world.

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has received all 63 refurbished Mirage F1s.

As previously reported, the company had bought 63 ex-French Mirage F1 fighters for 21 million euros in 2017.

This logistics achievement is the culmination of months of hard work from multi-disciplined professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. ATAC Mirage F1 inventory represents the single largest common fleet of privately-owned
Adversary Air (ADAIR) aircraft in the world.

Utilizing some of the highest performance aircraft available, the company, which is a subsidiary of Textron, provides a growing fleet of tactical aircraft and services to the U.S. military, including outsourced airborne tactical air training, threat simulation, and research & development.

The Mirage F1 has been retired by Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) on Jun. 13, 2014.

Developed to replace Mirage IIIC interceptors, the F1 was different from previous Mirages since it featured a conventional swept wing and tail surfaces instead of the familiar delta wing.

Like for the Mirage III, several models of the F1 were eventually developed. The F1A was a ground attack version lacking radar; the F1B was a twin stick operational trainer; the F1C was developed into the F1CT attack version and into the F1CR reconnaissance version; the F1E was a multirole aircraft with air superiority and ground attack capabilities and the F1D was the two seater version based on the F1E.

The last Mirage F1s flown by the Armée de l’Air before the aircraft retirement have been the F1CRs and F1Bs from the reconnaissance unit 2/33 “Savoie” based at Mont-de-Marsan.

Photo credit: ATAC

Gabriele Barison

Gabriele Barison is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Co-Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. He has flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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