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.

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-01 over the French Alpes in 1972.

C/N

301

BR-01

Date In

May 1971

Date Out

Aug 1973

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-02 in flight over the Ardennes in the early seventies.

C/N

302

BR-02

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jun 1972

History

BR-02, crashed at Bislich (D.) on 02 Jun 1972 after mid-air collision with Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-03 at altitude over the Ardennes

C/N

303

BR-03

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

 In June 1984 N° 42 Recce Squadron based at Florennes celebrated its 30th anniversary. For the occasion Dassault Mirage 5BR. BR-04 and BR-22 received this special tail decoration prominently displaying the Squadrons "Mephisto" emblem.

C/N

304

BR-04

Date In

Aug 1971

Date Out

Jun 1994

History

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

 A rare picture of Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-05 in flight at altitude in the early seventies.

C/N

305

BR-05

Date In

Aug 1971

Date Out

Apr 1974

History

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

 The still unpainted Dassault Mirage 5BR BR06 seen at Florennes airbase in 1971.

C/N

306

BR-06

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jun 1973

History

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

N° 42 Squadron Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-07 receiving maintenance at Bierset airbase in 1986.

C/N

307

BR-07

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-08 of N° 42 Squadron in flight in October 1991.

C/N

308

BR-08

Date In

Sep 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR09 arriving at Brustem airbase on a very cold December morning in 1983.

C/N

309

BR-09

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

 Dassault Mirage VBR BR-10 in flight sporting a large n° "1" on a wing, probably for an exercise.

C/N

310

BR-10

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jun 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-11 shortly after its arrival at Florennes airbase in late 1971.

C/N

311

BR-11

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jun 1975

History

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

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-12 on a rainy day at Brustem airbase on 15 September 1993.

C/N

312

BR-12

Date In

Oct 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

N° 42 Squadron Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-13 on take off in the early nineties.

C/N

313

BR-13

Date In

Nov 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-14 over a snowy mountainous landscape of Eastern Turkey during the ACE Guard AMF deployment in early 1991.

C/N

314

BR-14

Date In

Nov 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-15 in special colour scheme to celebrate 70 Years of N° 42 Squadron..

C/N

315

BR-15

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-16 in fllight over the Ardennes.

C/N

316

BR-16

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jul 1981

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-17 at Brustem airbase on 31 March 1993.

C/N

317

BR-17

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-18 in flight at altitude in the mid-seventies.

C/N

318

BR-18

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Aug 1984

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-19 seen at Florennes airbase in the summer of 1986. Notice the crudely overpainted N° 42 Squadron badge on the tail.

C/N

319

BR-19

Date In

Dec 1971

Date Out

Dec 1989

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-20 in flight on 22 Sept 1972.

C/N

320

BR-20

Date In

Feb 1972

Date Out

Mar 1987

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-21 at Bierset airbase.

C/N

321

BR-21

Date In

Jan 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-22 seen in the summer 1984 wearing the N° 42 Squadron "30th Anniversary" markings.

C/N

322

BR-22

Date In

Mar 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-23 at Brustem airbase on 22 June 1984.

C/N

323

BR-23

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-24 at Florennes airbase on 20 May 1981.

C/N

324

BR-24

Date In

Oct 1972

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-25 landing at Bierset airbase on 21 July 1990.

C/N

325

BR-25

Date In

Feb 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-26 in flight sporting a special tail marking applied for the occasion of the disbandment of n° 42 Squadron at end of 1993.

C/N

326

BR-26

Date In

Mar 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

Dassault Mirage 5BR BR-27 deploying its drag chute upon landing at Kleine Brogel airbase on 27 June 1986.

C/N

327

BR-27

Date In

Jun 1973

Date Out

Jan 1994

History

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

 

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Single engine single seat reconnaissance aircraft

 

   The RF-84F Thunderflash was the dedicated reconnaissance version of the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak fighter-bomber. The classic “Streak” intake having been moved to the wing roots a new streamlined nose housed the air reconnaissance cameras. Between 1955 and 1958 24 Thunderflashes (FR1 - FR24) were delivered to the Belgian Air Forces through the Mutual Defence Air Programme (MDAP). All Thunderflashes were operated by 42 Squadron. To cover for losses by accidents 6 additional aircraft (FR25 - FR30) were bought by the Belgian Air Force in 1963, these aircraft were former U.S.Air National Guard jets. In January 1965 another 4 aircraft (FR31 - FR34) were bought from the German Luftwaffe. After the introduction of the Mirage 5BR the remaining MDAP Thunderflashes were put into storage at Koksijde and scrapped, the 'national' aircraft were kept for preservation purposes at various locations.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-1/H8-A in flight slightly South of the town of Namur in the early sixties.

C/N

-

FR-01

Date In

Jul 1955

Date Out

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History

51-11250, FR-1/H8-A, accident 08 Nov 1971 multiple bird strike in flight near Liège, storage Koksijde (by road), scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-2/H8-B returning to its home base Wahn after a routine mission in 1956.

C/N

-

FR-02

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

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History

51-16996, FR-2/H8-C, crashed on 19 Apr 1960 at Mettendorf (D.) after engine problems.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-3/H8-C in a JATO (Jet-Assisted Take-Off) take-off from Brustem airbase on 5 April 1960.

C/N

-

FR-03

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

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History

51-16998, FR-3/H8-C, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-4/H8-D in flight.

C/N

-

FR-04

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

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History

52-7240, FR-4/H8-D, not repaired after discovery of contaminated hydraulics, stored at Koksijde, scrapped

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-5 being maintained at Bremgarten (D.) during the Royal Flush V recce-competition in June 1960.

C/N

-

FR-05

Date In

Dec 1956

Date Out

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History

51-1949, FR-5/H8-E, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-6 / H8-F at Wahn/Köln (D.) airbase in the fifties.

C/N

-

FR-06

Date In

Mar 1956

Date Out

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History

51-1958, FR-6/H8-F, accident 21 Jul 1971 Bierset, not repaired, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-7 / H8-G aborted take-off too late on 8 August 1956 and ended up beyond the runway at Wahn (D.) airbase.

C/N

-

FR-07

Date In

May 1956

Date Out

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History

51-1957, FR-7/H8-G, crashed on take off from Wahn on 8 Aug 1956.

 Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-8 in the static display of an airshow at Wahn in 1955. The aircraft to the right are an N° 2 Squadron RAF Supermarine Swift FR.5 and a RCAF CF-100 Canuck.

C/N

-

FR-08

Date In

Oct 1955

Date Out

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History

51-11257, FR-8/H8-H, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-9 in flight.

C/N

-

FR-09

Date In

Oct 1955

Date Out

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History

52-7229, FR-9/H8-J, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Photo camera's being loaded into Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-10/H8-K before a recce mission.

C/N

-

FR-10

Date In

Mar 1958

Date Out

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History

52-7230, FR-10/H8-K, crashed at Wijchmaal on 27 Jan 1959 due to engine problems.

N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-11/H8-L taxiing out at Lahr airbase (D.) during the Royal Flush I exercise in 1956. The aircraft in the foreground is Supermarine Swift FR.5 WK287 "A" of N° II(AC) Squadron then based at Geilenkirchen.

C/N

-

FR-11

Date In

Aug 1956

Date Out

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History

51-16999, FR-11/8S-L, crashed on approach to Wahn airbase on 31 Oct 1956 due to explosion of the engine.

N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-12 at Bierset airbase in the late sixties.

C/N

-

FR-12

Date In

Apr 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7238, FR-12/H8-M, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-13 in flight.

C/N

-

FR-13

Date In

Jun 1957

Date Out

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History

52-7237, FR-13/H8-N, intercepted by two Russian MiG fighters and forced to land at Darmgarten (then East-Geramny) on 29 May1958; returned to BAF, crashed on landing at Lahr (D.) on 17 May 1960

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-14/H8-O of N° 42 Squadron being prepared for a mission at Spangdalhem airbase (D.) during the "Royal Flush 1958" competition.

C/N

-

FR-14

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7281, FR-14/H8-O, crashed at Grandmenil on 22 Dec 1966 because of engine problems.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-15 in the static display of the Kleine Brogel Airshow (and 10th Tiger Meet) on 10 July 1970.

C/N

-

FR-15

Date In

Mar 1957

Date Out

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History

52-7282, FR-15/H8-P, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-16 in front of the Avio-Diepen hangar at Ypenburg airbase (Nl.) in August 1956. Unfortunately this aircraft was written off only two weeks after its delivery to the Belgian Air Force.

C/N

-

FR-16

Date In

Aug 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7282, FR-16/H8-Q, crashed at Euskirchen/Sassenrath (D.) on 24 Aug 1956 due to engine problems.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-17/8H-R seen at Wahn (D.) airbase in 1956.

C/N

-

FR-17

Date In

Apr 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7297, FR-17/8H-R, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-18 in storage at the Northern part of Koksijde airbase in 1973, awaiting its final destiny.

C/N

-

FR-18

Date In

May 1956

Date Out

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History

51-11297, FR-18/H8-S, Storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-19 / H8-T at Wahn/Köln airbase (Germany) in the winter of 1956/1957.

C/N

-

FR-19

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7439, FR-19/H8-T, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-20/H8-U suffered problems on take off at Brustem and crashed near the end of the runaway on 25 March 1958.

C/N

-

FR-20

Date In

Dec 1956

Date Out

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History

52-7436, FR-20/H8-U, crashed on take off of from Brustem on 25 Mar 1958.

 N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-21 at Ramstein (D.) airbase on 12 June 1971 at the end of the "Royal Flush XVI" exercise.

C/N

-

FR-21

Date In

Jan 1959

Date Out

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History

51-1876, FR-21/H8-V, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

 Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-22/H8-W.

C/N

-

FR-22

Date In

Dec 1958

Date Out

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History

51-1906, FR-22/H8-W, storage at Koksijde, , scrapped.

N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-23/H8-X at Brustem airbase in early 1959.

C/N

-

FR-23

Date In

Dec 1958

Date Out

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History

51-1912, FR-23/H8-X, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

  Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-24/H8-Y of N° 42 Squadron.

C/N

-

FR-24

Date In

Feb 1959

Date Out

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History

51-1869, FR-24/H8-Y, destroyed in fire during maintenance at Beauvechain airbase on 22 Feb 1962.

 N° 42 Squadron Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-25 seconds from touch-down at Bierset airbase in the mid-sixties.

C/N

-

FR-25

Date In

Jan 1964

Date Out

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History

51-1867, FR-25, crashed at Laufenselden (D.) on 26 Jun 1969

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-26 in flight over the Ardennes.

C/N

-

FR-26

Date In

Jul 1963

Date Out

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History

51-1886, FR-26, Accident Cat 4 at Bierset 22 Oct 1970 - not repaired, scrapdealer Kalken, Air Museum Savigny-les Neaune (F.).

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-27 of N° 42 Squadron in the static display of the Beauvechain Airshow on 28 June 1970.

C/N

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FR-27

Date In

Jul 1963

Date Out

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History

51-1922, FR-27, strorage at Koksijde, preserved at Florennes airbase, Monument at Spa-La Sauvenière airfield.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-28 of N° 42 Squadronat Bierset airbase.

C/N

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FR-28

Date In

May 1963

Date Out

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History

51-1945, FR-28, on display at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-29 on 11 July 1972 during the Koksijde airshow.

C/N

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FR-29

Date In

Aug 1963

Date Out

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History

51-11279, FR-29, storage at Koksijde, gate guardian at Evere, gate guardian at Florennes

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-30 seen displayed as a monument at Temploux airfield on 16 April 2009.  The jet is now part of the Musée de l'Air collection at Paris (F.)

C/N

-

FR-30

Date In

Oct 1963

Date Out

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History

51-17015, FR-30, storage at Koksijde, Technical School Saffraanberg, Monument Temploux, storage Musée de l'Air , Paris (F.).

Pilot Lt Raymaeckers in Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-31 at Bierset airbase.

C/N

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FR-31

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

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History

53-7644, EA+111, EA+311 (Luftwaffe), FR-31, storage at Koksijde, Techn School Saffraanberg, stored at Gilze Rijen for Mlitair Luchtvaartmuseum, gate guard as KLu "P-7" at Oranjekazerne, Schaarsbergen (Nl.)

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-32 taxiing at Bierset airbase.

C/N

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FR-32

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

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History

53-7646, BD+103, EA+103, EA+303 (Luftwaffe), FR-32, Storage at Koksijde, Technical School Saffraanberg, restoration Bierset, storage Army Museum Weelde, Beauvechain

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-33  being serviced at its home base Bierset in the late sixties .

C/N

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FR-33

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

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History

53-7658, BD+105, EA+105, EA+305 (Luftwaffe), FR-33, storage at Koksijde, (Royal) Technical School Saffraanberg, Storage at Bierset, Preserved at Florennes, dumped Beauvechain.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash FR-34 at the Bierset airshow on 22 June 1969.

C/N

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FR-34

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

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History

53-7677, EA+234, EA+334 (Luftwaffe), FR-34, "Adieu à toi le Petit Dernièr", Gate Guard Bierset, Stored for Royal Army Museum, Weelde, scrapped.

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