This is a list of Dassault Mirage IIIs, Mirage 5s, and Mirage 50s
used by national air forces
This should be regarded as an approximate list, as guaranteeing these numbers would be a major and difficult task. The key "1S" indicates a single-seat Mirage fighter, while "2S" indicates a two-seat Mirage, and "PR" indicates a photoreconnaissance machine.
Mirage III in Combat
South African Air Force (SAAF) used Mirage III operationally to great effect in Angola. In 1979 a SAAF Mirage IIIRZ was shot down near Ongiva, in Angola. The wreckage of the aircraft was recovered by the Angolans.
Argentine Air Force used the Mirage IIIEA during the Falklands War () . Their lack of aerial refueling
capability and long distance from their bases dramatically reduced their ability as long-range strike aircraft. Even using two 550-gallon drop tanks to carry extra fuel, the Mirages (and Daggers
) were flying at the absolute limit of their range to reach the British fleet. The fighters sent to engage the Harrier CAP and cover the strike force would have no more than five minutes over the target area Their usual armament consisted of 1 Matra 530
or 2 Magic 1
AAMs. They only entered combat in one occasion with one being shot down by an AIM-9L Sidewinder
and other destroyed by friendly fire
after attempting to land at Port Stanley
when goes out of fuel. They were extensively used on diversion flights,... Read More