The French aviation industry was in ruins after World War II. However, the "land of the Gallic rooster" did not give up its ambition to restore it and return to pre-war prestige. The path was not easy, because France had a five-year failure in the development of jet engines.
The MD.450 was the first French mass-produced jet aircraft. A number of variants were considered, but the rapid obsolescence of the first generation jets did not allow them to be implemented. For the same reason, the Ouragans were relatively quickly scrapped from the ALA ( Armée de l'Air ) and offered for export. They gained their combat fame mainly in the ranks of the Israeli Air Force.
In the mid-1950s, the French decided to build forces for nuclear intimidation, which resulted in the need for a strategic bomber. As an interim solution, they simply built an enlarged version of the Mirage III fighter, known as the "Mirage IV", assuming an early replacement with a more capable machine. It is said that nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution, so the Mirage IV still flies in combat even at the beginning of the 21st century, although it is true that only in small numbers as a spy plane, not as a bomber. This article presents the history and description of the Mirage IV.
Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.
Here is the story of the Pink Harrier. It's not a story about the Mirage, but it's very closely related to it.