Dassault Mirage 5BD

Single-engine two-seat trainer-attack aircraft

   In order to replace the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and the RF-84F Thunderflash, the Belgian Government decided on 16 February 1968 to acquire 88 Mirages (54BA, 22BR and 12 BD) with an option for 18 more aircraft the sub-type of which was to be decided later. On 25 August 1968, after a lot of political discussions and a failed possible cooperation with The Netherlands a final order was placed with Dassault for 106 aircraft (63 BA, 16BD end 27 BR). The Mirage 5BA was optimized for ground attacks and was in fact a version of the Mirage IIIE as used by the French Armée de l'Air but equipped with less sophisticated avionics. After an extended series of studies, the Mirage was preferred over the a.o. the Northrop F-5A, LTV A-7A Corsair, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, A6A Intruder, new versions of the Starfighter F-104H and F-104S and the Swedish Draken. The twin-seat Mirage 5BD was essentialy developed as a two seat trainer version of the Mirage but appart from a reduced fuel capacity this subtype maintained its attack capability. After being withdrawn from use with the Belgian Air Force five Mirage 5BD's were converted into M5MD "Elkans" by Sabca and sold to the Chilean Air Force.

BD-01

History

C/N

201

Date In

Jun 1970

Date Out

Oct 1990

MD-01, BD-01, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean AF as "716", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)

BD-02

History

C/N

202

Date In

Aug 1970

Date Out

Jul 1975

BD-02, crashed at Lieneux on 14 Jul 1975

BD-03

History

C/N

203

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Jan 1993

BD-03, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean AF as "717", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)

BD-04

History

C/N

204

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Feb 1993

BD-04, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean Air Force as "718", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)

BD-05

History

C/N

205

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

May 1986

BD-05, crashed at Bierset on 21 May 1986

BD-06

History

C/N

206

Date In

Nov 1970

Date Out

Jul 1985

BD-06, crashed at Jamagne (Philippeville) on 3 Jul 1985

BD-07

History

C/N

207

Date In

Jan 1971

Date Out

Nov 1987

BD-07, crashed at Comblain-Fairon on 19 Nov 1987

BD-08

History

C/N

208

Date In

Feb 1971

Date Out

May 1979

BD-08, crashed at Oreye after flame out on landing on 17 May 1979

BD-09

History

C/N

209

Date In

Mar 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BD-09, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.) > Feb 2018: Preserved at Limburg Regional Airport, Sint-Truiden

BD-10

History

C/N

210

Date In

Apr 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BD-10, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BD-11

History

C/N

211

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BD-11, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BD-12

History

C/N

212

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BD-12, special paint Mirage Farewell, storage at Weelde, to Chilean Air Force as "725", gate guardian at Base Aerea Cerro Moreno, Antofagasta, Chile

BD-13

History

C/N

213

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

1987

BD-13, fuselage stored at Florennes, transferred to Royal Army Museum depot at Vissenaken.

BD-14

History

C/N

214

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

May 1989

BD-14, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean Air Force as "719", stored

BD-15

History

C/N

215

Date In

Dec 1972

Date Out

May 1989

BD-15, stored at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD "Elkan", to Chilean AF as "720", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)

BD-16

History

C/N

215

Date In

Sep 1973

Date Out

Dec 1973

BD-16, fatal crash at Ouffet on 7 Dec 1973

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