Dassault Mirage IIIV


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Dassault Mirage IIIV

Mating Mirage III aerodynamics with the then latest developments in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, the Mirage IIIV was evolved to meet the requirements of NBMR (NATO Basic Military Requirement) 3, and the first of two prototypes effected its first hovering trial on 12 February 1965. Possessing a substantially larger fuselage than that of the non-VTOL Mirage III, the first IIIV was powered by a SNECMA modified Pratt & Whitney JTF10 turbofan redesignated TF-104B and providing cruise thrust, vertical thrust being provided by a battery of eight 1600kg Rolls-Royce RB162-1 engines mounted in pairs in the centre fuselage. Wing root chord was increased by comparison with that of the non-VTOL Mirage, resulting in compound sweep. Following replacement of the 6300kg TF-104 by the TF-106A3 offering 7600kg, the IIIV effected its first transition to horizontal flight on 24 March 1966 and later attained speeds up to M=1.35. The second prototype was flown on 22 June 1966. This was powered by an 8400kg TF-30 propulsion turbofan, and side-hinged doors rather than aft-hinged grills covered the lift engines. On 12 September 1966, this second aircraft attained M=2.04 in level flight, but 11 weeks later, on 28 November, it was destroyed in a crash. The production Mirage IIIV was intended to combine a 9000kg TF-306 propulsion engine (built by SNECMA) with eight 2200kg RB162-31 lift engines, and was to be optimised for the tactical strike role, with a low-level M=0.92 attack mode and a 467km combat radius with a 907kg nuclear payload. The development programme was suspended after the loss of the second aircraft and finally abandoned.

Dassault Mirage IIIVA three-view drawing (1703 x 1028)

  Take-off weight13440 kg29630 lb
  Empty weight10000 kg22046 lb
  Wingspan8.72 m29 ft 7 in
  Length18.00 m59 ft 1 in
  Height5.55 m18 ft 3 in

Macherel, e-mail, 04.08.2011 23:54

I'm really to see picture of this plane,but I'm sad do not find
This bird for modeler,like Sharkit with Balzac or Annigrant
With g-8,please? I hope with this both Manufactured kit,
Something will be soon! Born,I will be sur enjoy and happy,
Also for people thinking like me.
Kind Regard


Stephan Fischer, e-mail, 04.11.2009 14:11

Swiss Airforces bought Mirage IIIs, added rockets and parachute, allowing to start and touch down on short runways. The original electronic was torn out and replaced by a US system. Mr. Paul Chaudet, then minister of defence had to redire, after his so far secret held plans came to the public, that he searched to fit CH airforce with atomic bombs. (!)


David Sexton, e-mail, 10.01.2007 19:53

Circumstances of crash are very interesting. Pilot is said to have ejected due to violent hover instability. Then autopilot took over and control was regained. Aircraft hovered for some long period (20 nimutes?). It then ran out of fuel and crashed in airfield car /motorcycle parking area. I have heard this third hand but believe the source to be reliable.


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