Mirage

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

1 month 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

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

6 months 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

12 months ago

[Video] F-16 gun kills OV-10 Bronco in brief dogfight during 1992 Venezuelan military coup

On Nov. 27, 1992 Lieutenant Beltran Vielma shot down an OV-10 Bronco by means of his F-16’s M61A1 20 mike-mike… Read More

1 year ago

Did you know that the highest-scoring jet-mounted ace Giora Even-Epstein had also been the eldest Israeli pilot to fly an F-16?

“I flew the F-16 for nine years. Grandpa fighter pilot. Older than the parents of most of the young pilots… Read More

3 years ago

The day KGB tried and failed to steal a Lebanese Mirage

Only months after the delivery of Mirage IIIELs to Lebanon, an unusual diplomatic incident took place. The Dassault Mirage III… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the Israeli Mirage that shot down an Israeli F-4E Phantom II during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War

‘While one of the Mirages from No. 144 Squadron, IAF shot down the F-4E with the call-sign Buffet 2, another… Read More

4 years ago

Iraqi Air Force Performed the Only two Tupolev Tu-16 Air Strikes Ever Conducted against Israel

The Israeli Mirages attempted to attack with Shafrir Mk.1 air-to-air missiles, but these missed, and both pilots were then scared… Read More

5 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Five: why Soviet arms perform so poorly in Arab service

The available technology and know-how just couldn’t keep up: by the time the MiG-23 ‘had to enter series production’, it… Read More

5 years ago

The Unknown Story of the Syrian MiG-21 Pilot who Developed the Cobra Manoeuvre: i.e. Pugachev Wasn’t the First to Perform the Cobra

When Pugachev Cobra was flown by Soviet test-pilots for the first time, nobody cared any more about who has originally… Read More

5 years ago

That time two RAF Phantoms shadowed two Soviet Bears over France because French fighters were grounded for Bastille Day celebrations

"I could not avoid a feeling of irritation when I pictured our Mirage colleagues as they attended their Bastille barbecues… Read More

6 years ago

AFTER ATAC ANOTHER DEFENSE CONTRACTOR BUYS SURPLUS MIRAGE F1 FIGHTERS FOR AGGRESSOR ROLE

Paramount Aerospace Systems will operate them alongside Mirage F1 fleet that was acquired from the South African Air Force in… Read More

7 years ago

MiG KILLER AND SCHOLAR AT THE SAME TIME: HOW A COLLEGE STUDENT SCORED THE FIRST EVER GUN KILL FOR AN ISRAELI F-4 PHANTOM II

Israeli Air Force F-4 fighters The incredible story of the first gun kill scored by an Israeli Phantom. Acquired by… Read More

7 years ago