Dassault Mirage III A3-92 by blinkings ()
Selected to replace the Avon Sabre as the RAAF's fighter aircraft in 1960, the Mirage was the first aircraft in RAAF service capable of flying at twice the speed of sound. Entering operational service during 1965, the Mirage served as the front-line fighter until 1988, making the aircraft the longest-serving fighter in RAAF history. Built under licence in Australia by the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), 100 single-seat and 16 two-seat Mirages were operated by seven RAAF units.
The first Australian-assembled Mirage flew at Avalon airfield in March 1963, and this and the following 48 aircraft were built as Mirage IIIO(F) interceptors. Following aircraft A3-50, production switched to the Mirage IIIO(A) ground attack aircraft with slightly different equipment for this role. In June 1969, the IIIO(F) aircraft were modified to the ground attack standard, to increase commonality within the Mirage fleet.
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Sweet shot mate! Like this series, keep it up.. lol And thanks so much for the info, it helps allot! The Mirage III was the same as the Argentines used during the Falklands War, they came out terribly against the Harriers.. But then, at the time almost anything would.. Not bragging again.. But very little to brag about here anymore! lol Good shot.. Rob