Mirage III

The story of how France helped Israel to build the Dimona nuclear power plant (and then imposed an arms embargo on Tel Aviv)

The story of how France helped Israel to build the Dimona nuclear power plant (and then imposed an arms embargo on Tel Aviv)

A strategic alliance with Israel On atomic affairs, the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA, French Atomic Energy Commission) did not… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the Israeli Nesher Fighter, the Mirage 5 Built by Rockwell (and Not by IAI)

The IAI Nesher Fighter Israel Aircraft Industries manufactured 51 single and ten two-seater Mirage 5s, the Israeli Air Force (IAF)… Read More

2 months ago

Argentina signs letter of intent to buy 24 F-16 fighter jets from Denmark

Argentina signs letter of intent on the possible sale of 24 Danish F-16 fighter jets On Mar. 26, 2024 in… Read More

4 months ago

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

4 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

7 months ago

Blackbird Pilot recalls when his RSO ‘gave the birdie’ to a French Air Force Mirage III pilot (Then They lit their SR-71’s Afterburners and Outran him)

‘My RSO had given him “the bird” with his middle finger: I lit the afterburners and left that Mirage standing… Read More

1 year ago

Final flight for Swiss Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF, the only privately-operated Mirage IIIDS in the world

Besides displaying at airshows Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF was also available for passenger flights for the members of Espace Passion association… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the IAF Skyhawk pilot who shot down two Syrian MiG-17s flying an A-4 fitted with French-designed and Israeli-manufactured 30 mm DEFA Cannon

Dotan squeezed the trigger and fired a long burst into the jet's right wing root. The wing was quickly ripped… 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

The crazy story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that used its defensive barbettes to strafe Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base during the Six-Day War

Still pursued by the two Mirages, the Tupolev thundered low over the Israeli air base, making a right turn that… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird crew that ‘gave the birdie’ to a French Air Force Mirage III pilot, lit the afterburners and outran him

‘I looked out the left window and saw a French Mirage III sitting ten feet off my left wing. He… Read More

3 years ago

The story behind the gun-camera sequences featuring Syrian MiG-21s shot down by Israeli Mirage IIIs

Al-Masry’s jet was then hit by 30mm cannon fire from one of Mirages and exploded, killing the pilot. It was… Read More

3 years ago

Israeli Mirage IIIs and Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs Vs Soviet MiG-21s: the day Israeli fighters ambushed Soviet Fishbeds over the Suez Canal

With everything in place, the front 4 Mirages turned around and thus the 12 Israelis sandwiched the 4 Soviet MiG-21s…… Read More

3 years ago

The story of when Ayrton Senna Formula 1 Champion flew aboard FAB Mirage III and RAAF F-111

The interesting photos in this post feature Ayrton Senna three-time Formula 1 Champion in the cockpit of a FAB Mirage… Read More

3 years ago

Yugoslavia chose the MiG-21 over the Mirage III but the conversion to the Fishbed was plagued by problems

A study by the RV i PVO concluded that, `MiG-pilots are not capable of interceptor-operations at speeds above Mach 1.3.'… 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