Dassault Mirage III


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Dassault Mirage III

Essentially an extrapolation of the Mirage I and retaining the 5% thickness/chord ratio 60 delta wing, the Mirage III was substantially larger and some 30% heavier. It was powered by a SNECMA Atar 101G-1 turbojet with an afterburning thrust of 4400kg and had provision for a 1500kg SEPR 66 rocket. First flown on 17 November 1956, the prototype attained Mach=1.52 at 11600m during its sixth flight on 30 January 1957. After the installation of the SEPR rocket motor and introduction of manually-operated half-cones in the air intakes, the speed of Mach=1.8 was reached on 19 September 1957. A pre-series of 10 Mirage IIIAs was ordered, these having a 17.3% increase in wing area, a reduction in root thickness/chord ratio to 4.5% and an Atar 09B engine with an afterburning thrust of 6000kg. Equipped with a 1500kg thrust SEPR 84 rocket (which could provide 1680kg at extreme altitude), the first Mirage IIIA flew on 12 May 1958, this model eventually attaining Mach=2.2, and the tenth and last joined the test programme on 15 December 1959. One pre-series Mirage IIIA was fitted with a 7258kg Rolls- Royce Avon 67 as the prototype Mirage IIIO for Australian evaluation and first flew on 13 February 1961, but the Avon installation was not productionised. The Mirage IIIB and IIIC were respectively two-seat trainer and single-seat interceptor fighter production derivatives, the first example of the latter flying on 9 October 1960. The Mirage IIIC was powered by an Atar 09B-3 and a SEPR 841 rocket, and carried an armament of two 30mm cannon, which, for a typical intercept mission, was augmented by a single Matra R 511 and two AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs. Ninety-five Mirage IIICs were delivered to the Armee de l'Air, one (IIICS) to Switzerland, 72 (IIICJ) to Israel and 16 (IIICZ) to South Africa. In December 1982, 19 Mirage IIICJs, all re-engined with Atar 9C turbojets, were transferred from Israel to Argentina where some remained in service in the early 'nineties as the last of the IIIC sub-type of the Mirage.

Dassault Mirage III

  Take-off weight9727 kg21444 lb
  Empty weight5922 kg13056 lb
  Wingspan8.22 m27 ft 12 in
  Length14.73 m48 ft 4 in
  Height4.25 m14 ft 11 in
  Wing area34.85 m2375.12 sq ft
  Max. speed2230 km/h1386 mph
  Range600 km373 miles

Dassault Mirage IIIA three-view drawing (1663 x 1143)

Mikel, 29.10.2015 12:02

I would like to konw when was stoped the production of the Mirage III. The Mirage III was the best military design of the 50s in the area of influence of the European Union.


David, e-mail, 10.07.2015 01:39

Can anyone please tell how much the wings weight of this plane.


Sven, 29.01.2013 00:31

Duncan. Because they were totaly different aircraft.
The Fairey Delta was research aircraft not a prototype for development. just because it looks like a duck does not mean it is a duck. hope that clears things up for you


Duncan Ward, e-mail, 28.01.2013 03:35

How did the french not get sued over this aircraft I will never know, or for that matter why Fairey didn't turn the Delta 2 into the world beater the Mirage proves it could have been.


a.casais, e-mail, 02.12.2010 21:09

Mirage, just the name, is a legend for his delta-siluette and for see it all over the world.


paul scott, e-mail, 17.08.2009 18:08

What an aircraft. although it was said to have high landing speed and low level handling deficiencies, in experienced hands it did well in combat and was a fantastic looking aircraft. a real classic, i'm not sure there is a static one in the UK, but I'd love to see it. Seen a couple of Mysteres over here, but no Mirages.


Bill Monaghan, e-mail, 04.05.2008 14:24

Apart from fleeting reference to the Avon 111O prototype your article makes no mention of the 100 odd locally produced Mirage 111Os which gave such sterling service to the RAAF. In the end many RAAF pilots were flying 111O aircraft significantly older than themselves. I'm proud to have logged over 1,000 hours myself, including the first no nosewheel landing.


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