Dassault Mirage 5BR

Single-engine single seat reconnaissance 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 IIIC 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 Mirage 5BR was specifically developped for the aerial reconnaissance and for that purpose received a speial nose which could incorporate different types of cameras. N° 42 Squadron was the dedicated reconnaissance unit within the Belgian Air Force and as such the main users of the 27 BR versions. Four aircraft (BR-13, BR-25, BR-26 and BR-27) were completely overhauled and sold to the Chilean Air Force as  721, 722, 723 and 724 respectively.

BR-01

History

C/N

301

Date In

May 1971

Date Out

Aug 1973

MR-01 (?), BR-01, Crashed at Lessen on 2 Aug 1973 due to engine fire.

BR-02

History

C/N

302

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jun 1972

BR-02, crashed at Bislich (D.) on 02 Jun 1972 after near miss with Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II followed by loss of control.

BR-03

History

C/N

303

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-03, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), used as instructional object at l'eco domaine de L'Etrillet at Bruz (F.)

BR-04

History

C/N

304

Date In

Aug 1971

Date Out

Jun 1994

BR-04, "42 Squadron 30 Years" special paint, stored at Weelde, "Lallemant Memorial" Museum Florennes.

BR-05

History

C/N

305

Date In

Aug 1971

Date Out

Apr 1974

BR-05, Crashed at Bois de la Fayette/Florennes on 1 Apr 1974.

BR-06

History

C/N

306

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jun 1973

BR-06, 15 Jun 1973 Crashed at Borkenberge/Haltern (D.) after mid-air collision with glider D-0717

BR-07

History

C/N

307

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-07, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM, preserved Bordeaux (F.), preserved Valence (F.)

BR-08

History

C/N

308

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-08, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-09

History

C/N

309

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-09, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-10

History

C/N

310

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jun 1994

BR-10, stored at Weelde, on display at 1st Wing Museum Beauvechain

BR-11

History

C/N

311

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jun 1975

BR-11, crashed at Dattenhausen (D.) on 5 Jun 1975

BR-12

History

C/N

312

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR12, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-13

History

C/N

313

Date In

Nov 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-13, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 721, preserved at El Bosque (Ch.)

BR-14

History

C/N

314

Date In

Nov 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR14, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-15

History

C/N

315

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-15, "42 Squadron 70 Years Mephisto" special paint, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-16

History

C/N

316

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jul 1981

BR-16, in flight collision with 300 m high RTL transmitting tower at Dudelange (L.) on 31 Jul 1981.

BR-17

History

C/N

317

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-17, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-18

History

C/N

318

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Aug 1984

BR-18, fatal crash at Revogne (Beauraing) on 20 Aug 1984

BR-19

History

C/N

319

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Dec 1989

BR-19, fatal crash at Awirs on 20 Dec 1989 due to engine problems. Tail section preserved at Savigny-les Beaune (F.)

BR-20

History

C/N

320

Date In

Feb 1972

Date Out

Mar 1987

BR-20, crashed at Boninne on 6 Mar 1987 due to a flameout on approach.

BR-21

History

C/N

321

Date In

Jan 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-21,stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), preserved at Tournai

BR-22

History

C/N

322

Date In

Mar 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-22, "42 Squadron 30 Years" special paint, stored at Weelde, sold te SAGEM (F.)

BR-23

History

C/N

323

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-23, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), preserved on roundabout at Saint Brice Courcelles (Reims) (F.), as AdA 112-SR

BR-24

History

C/N

324

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-24, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)

BR-25

History

C/N

325

Date In

Feb 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-25, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 722, preserved at Chilean National air & Space Museum, Santiago (Ch.)

BR-26

History

C/N

326

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

BR-26, "end of N° 42 Squadron" special paint, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 723, preserved as '712' at War Academy Antofagasta (?) see also BR-27

BR-27

History

C/N

327

Date In

Jun 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

94 BR-27, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 724, preserved as '712' at War Academy Antofagasta (?) see also BR-26

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