French Air Force

The Minerve (i.e. a sort of ‘tricolor B-58 Hustler’) and the French bombers that never were

The Minerve (i.e. a sort of ‘tricolor B-58 Hustler’) and the French bombers that never were

The French bombers that never were: the Mirage IVB and the Minerve In 1957, when the Mirage IVA programme had… Read More

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Operation Tamouré: the only time a French Air Force Mirage IV strategic bomber dropped a live nuclear bomb

The Mirage IV The Suez crisis in October 1956 prompted France to look into setting up a “strategic intervention force”,… Read More

2 months ago

French Air Force E-3F AWACS threatened to be shot down by Russian Forces

Russian forces threaten to shoot down French Air Force E-3F AWACS A French Air Force E-3F AWACS (Airborne Warning and… Read More

2 months ago

The French Mirage 2000 shot down by Serbs during Operation Deliberate Force and the three unsuccessful CSAR missions to save its crew members (they had already been secretly captured by General Mladić)

Operation Deliberate Force In reaction to the resulting 1992 air war between self-proclaimed Serbian Krajina in Croatia, the Croat Air… Read More

2 months ago

The exercise where French Mystere IV and Super Mystere B2 fighters outmaneuvered and outclassed US Navy F-4 Phantom IIs

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

3 months ago

That time a rocket-booster equipped Mirage III buzzed a U-2 flying at 65,000ft during a mission aimed to monitor France’s nuclear facilities

The Lockheed U-2 Since its inception the Lockheed (today Lockheed Martin) U-2 has played a vital role in American strategic… Read More

4 months ago

Rafale production line shifts back to French Air Force after a four-year interruption

Deliveries to France were interrupted for budgetary reasons. The Rafale production line was then dedicated to export orders. On Dec.… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the French Air Force Mirage III that buzzed a U-2 flying at 65,000 ft on a mission to spy on France’s nuclear facilities

Equipped with the SEPR 841 rocket booster, the Mirage III literally soared into the skies, though not with the aim… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when his RSO Flipped Off a French Air Force Mirage III Pilot (Then They lit their Blackbird’s Afterburners and Outran him)

One of the most entertaining stories about flying the SR-71 Blackbird comes from Lt. Colonel Jim Wilson who shares about… Read More

2 years ago

Rafale fighter jet cuts power line during training mission, Villagers in southern France are left without electricity for three hours.

The incident saw residents of Le Castellet, a small village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region, deprived of power for around three… Read More

3 years ago

That time a French Mirage III unintentionally buzzed (and scared) a U-2 flying at 65,000ft during a mission aimed to monitor France’s nuclear facilities

After climbing to an altitude of 45,000ft (13,716m), the French pilot engaged his SEPR booster, which accelerated his Mirage to… Read More

4 years ago

French Air Force A330 Phénix Tanker flies 3,500km to help refuel French Navy Rafale Jets

The sortie lasted nearly 14 hours and made possible to carry out the first aircraft air-to-air refueling mission in the… Read More

4 years ago

The True Story Behind Israeli Nesher Fighter, the Mirage 5 Built by Rockwell (and Not by IAI)

The 51 Mirage 5Js and 10 Mirage 5DDs were delivered to Israel on board of USAF's C-141 Starlifter transports, in… Read More

4 years ago

The story of Roland Garros: the Playboy who Invented Air Combat and became the First Fighter Pilot

Thanks to his machine gun system, by Apr. 18, 1915 Garros had three kills under his belt. At this time,… Read More

5 years ago

French Air Force Rafale Solo Display Celebrates its 10th Anniversary. And Here are some Unique Photos showing the New Paint Scheme Worn by the Team Aircraft.

The Rafale Solo Display is a French Air Force organization tasked with showcasing the handling qualities of the Rafale and… Read More

5 years ago

French Air Force Rafale spotted with MQ-9 Reaper UAV Kill Marking

An interesting marking has been spotted on a French Air Force Rafale fighter indicating it has ‘killed’ an MQ-9 Reaper… Read More

5 years ago

Dassault conducts Rafale cold weather testing in Finland

The test program was aimed to test the Rafale’s performance in sub-zero temperatures during the coldest time of the winter… Read More

5 years ago