Dassault Super Mystere


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Dassault Super Mystere

The first West European aircraft capable of exceeding M=1.0 in level flight to attain quantity production status, the Super-Mystere shared only a common design origin with the Mystere fighter series, being an entirely new type. The first prototype, designated Super- Mystere B1 and powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon RA 7R with an afterburning thrust of 4330kg, was flown on 2 March 1955, and the first of five SNECMA Atar-powered pre-production Super-Mystere B2s followed on 15 May 1956. Production was ordered for the Armee de l'Air, the first series Super-Mystere B2 flying on 26 February 1957, and a total of 180 being built of which 36 were procured by Israel in 1958. The Super- Mystere B2 was powered by an Atar 101G-2 or -3 of 3375kg dry thrust and 4460kg with maximum afterburning. Armament consisted of two 30mm cannon and 35 internally-housed 68mm rockets (the latter being discarded at an early service stage), external loads including two Sidewinder AAMs, two 400-500kg bombs or rocket pods.

Two examples were completed as Super Mystere B4s in 1958, these having Atar 9B engines rated at 6000kg with afterburning. During Israeli service, the Super-Mystere B2s were re-engined with a non-afterburning Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A turbojet of 4218kg. In 1977, 18 of these aircraft were sold by Israel to Honduras where the last surviving examples were withdrawn from service in 1989.

Dassault Super Mystere

 MODELSuper Mystere B2
 ENGINE1 x SNECMA Atar 101G-2/-3 turbojet, 4460kg of reheat thrust
  Take-off weight10000 kg22046 lb
  Loaded weight6932 kg15283 lb
  Wingspan10.52 m35 ft 6 in
  Length14.13 m46 ft 4 in
  Height4.55 m15 ft 11 in
  Wing area35 m2376.74 sq ft
  Max. speed1195 km/h743 mph
  Ceiling17000 m55750 ft
  Range870 km541 miles
  Range w/max.fuel1790 km1112 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 30mm cannon, 1000kg of weapons

Dassault Super MystereA three-view drawing (1660 x 1593)

Paul Scott, 27.03.2015 16:00

Excellent French aircraft but with aerodynamics copied from North American's F-100 Super Sabre


Remy, e-mail, 05.12.2011 21:16

The SMB 2 in tiger paint scheme in the above photo belongs to Escadron de chasse 1 /12 Cambrésis and was taken at Cambrai-Epinoy BA103 Air Force Base during the 1972 NATO Tiger Meet.


Chinoy, e-mail, 05.01.2010 11:06

My father flew one of these into Pakistan in 1965.
He was shot down over Pakistan. And lived to tell the tale.


I Balaban, e-mail, 30.12.2009 21:23

What Avionics was employed in this aircraft?


Eduardo Sosa, e-mail, 22.10.2007 19:02

one of these planes is in permanent exposition at the national air museum of Honduras.


Eduardo Sosa, e-mail, 22.10.2007 19:01

one of these planes is in permanent exposition at the national air museum.


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