Dassault Mirage 5BA

 

Dassault Mirage VBA BA-23

 

 

 

Dassault Mirage 5BA

Single-engine single seat attack 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 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. In 1988 it was decided to upgrade some 20 Mirages in what was called the Mirage System Improvement Program (MirSIP) but with the fall of the Berlin Wall the political situation changed to a point were this was not justified any longer. Chile took over the improved Mirages (incorporating also Chilean modifications and called "Elkan") and 5 more non-modified aircraft. The remaining stored Mirages were bought by the French company SAGEM while a number of aircraft became gate guardians or museum exhibits.


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Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
BA-01 01 Jun 1970 May 1989 MA-01, BA-01, coverted into M5MA "ELKAN", 701 (Chilean Air Force), Preserved at the Museo Aeronautico, Los Cerrilos (Santiago, Chile)
BA-02 02 Aug 1970 Aug 1983 BA-02, crash at Florennes on 29 Aug 1983, BDRT Florennes
BA-03 03 Sep 1970 Apr 1991 BA-03, Royal Technical School Saffraanberg, gate Guardian Temploux, Krakow Museum, Poland.
BA-04 04 Oct 1970 Aug 1988 BA-04, Koksijde Storage, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 702 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge.
BA-05 05 Oct 1970 Aug 1988 BA-05, crashed at Hechtel during airshow on 7 Aug 1988.
BA-06 06 Nov 1970 Nov 1976 BA-06, crashed at Philippeville on 19 Nov 1976.
BA-07 07 Jan 1971 May 1978 BA-07, fatal crash at Pondrôme (Beauraing)
BA-08 08 Jan 1971 Jan 1994 BA-08, "080888" coulour scheme Delta Blue Colour scheme, sold to SAGEM (F.), preserved at Savigny-les-Beaune (F.)
BA-09 09 Jan 1971 Jun 1981 BA-09, crashed at Kleine Brogel on 01 Jun 1981
BA-10 10 Feb 1971 Jun 1994 BA-10, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.),preserved on a pole as '84/5-OM' on a roundabout near the Orange Sud autoroute exit
BA-11 011 Feb 1971 Jan 1991 BA-11,  Koksijde storage, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 703 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge.
BA-12 012 Fab 1971 Sep 1975 BA-12, crashed at Bertrix on 15 Sep 1975
BA-13 013 Mar 1971 Jun 1986 BA-13, fatal crash at Wezet-Lixhe (Visé) on 15 Jun 1986.
BA-14 014 Mar 1971 Nov 1975 BA-14, crashed at Orchimont on 5 Nov 1975
BA-15 015 Mar 1971 Jul 1993 BA-15, preserved at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels
BA-16 016 Mar 1971 Nov 1991 BA-16, instructional airframe Saffraanberg, Vissenaken storage for Royal Army Museum, fuselage at Bitburg (D.)
BA-17 017 Apr 1971 Sep 1991 BA-17, Technical School Saffraanberg for instructional purposes
BA-18 018 Apr 1971 Jan 1994 BA-18, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BA-19 019 Apr 1971 May 1985 BA-19, crashed at Lette/Gütersloh (D.) on 08 May 1985.
BA-20 020 Apr 1971 Jan 1994 BA-20, N° 1 Sq special paint, N° 8 Sq Signatures, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), stored outside hangar of the Association Dassault passion at Bordeaux (F.)
BA-21 021 Apr1971 Jul 1994 BA-21, stored at Weelde, Polish Air Academy, Deblin, Poland.
BA-22 022 May 1971 Jun 1994 BA-22, stored at Weelde, gate guardian at Florennes airbase
BA-23 023 May 1971 1990 BA-23, Koksijde storage, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 704 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge.
BA-24 024 Jun 1971 Apr 1979 BA-24, crashed at Müshede (D.) on 26 Apr 1979 due to an engine fire.
BA-25 025 Jul 1971 Mar 1972 BA-25, crashed at Bitburg (D.) on 28 Mar 1972
BA-26 026 Jul 1971 Jun 1994 BA-24, stored at Weelde, EurSpace Center, Redu, gate guardian Evere
BA-27 027 Jul 1971 Jan 1994 BA-27, sold to SAGEM (F.) stored at the Association Dassault passion at Bordeaux (F.)
BA-28 028 Dec 1971 May 1979 BA-28, crashed at Schleiden (D.) on 16 May 1979 after an engine flame-out
BA-29 029 MJan 1972 May 1975 BA-29, crashed at Vechta (D.) on 2 May 1975 in very bad weather.
BA-30 030 Feb 1972 Jun 1994 BA-30, stored Weelde, to Royal Army Museum, on loan to Spa-La Sauvenière (gate guardian).
BA-31 031 Mar 1972 Jan 1994 BA-31, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BA-32 032 Mar 1972 Sep 1973 BA-32, collided with mountain at Lefka Ori/Akrotiri (Gr.)on 6 Sep 1973
BA-33 033 Mar 1972 Jan 1994 BA-33, "Blackbird" special colour scheme for 70 years N° 1 Squadron, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), noted at Savigny-les--Beaune (F.)
BA-34 034 Mar 1972 Sep 1977 BA-34, crashed at Rheinbach-Flamersheim (D.) on 26 Sep 1977 as a consequence of a heavy birdstrike during low level flight.
BA-35 035 Mar 1972 Jan 1979 BA-35, written of due to engine fire on start up at Bierset on 25 Jan 1979, Beveren scrapdealer, Savigny-les-Beaune Museum (F.) as Mirage 5F 13-PL, Museum Hermeskeil (D.)
BA-36 036 Apr 1972 Apr 1974 BA-36, crashed at Nandrin on 4 Apr 1974 after hitting a slope.
BA-37 037 May 1972 May 1989 BA-37, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA 'ELKAN", 705 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, preserved at Aerodromo de Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
BA-38 038 May 1972 Sep 1973 BA-38, BA-32, collided with mountain at Lefka Ori/Akrotiri (Gr.)on 6 Sep 1973
BA-39 039 May 1972 Feb 1990 BA-39, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA 'ELKAN", 706 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, stored at Division de Abastecimiento, El Bosque (Ch.)
BA-40 040 May 1972 Sep 1981 BA-40, crashed at Welkenraedt on 22 Sep 1981 due to a compressor stall.
BA-41 041 Mat 1972 Jun 1984 BA-41, crashed at Alleur on 19 Jun 1984 due engine failure immediately after take-off.
BA-42 042 May 1972 Jan 1994 BA-42, "Glenmoranie" marking, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BA-43 043 Jun 1972 Jan 1994 BA-43, "Milky Way" special c/s for 70 Years N° 2 Squadron, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), noted at Orange (F.)
BA-44 044 Jun 1972 Jan 1994 BA-44, "Glenlivet", stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BA-45 045 Jun 1972 Jul 1989 BA-45, accident at Bierset on 18 Jul 1989, spare parts resource Sabca, Gosselies., fuselage at Royal Army Museum depot Vissenaken, Bitburg (D.)
BA-46 046 Jun 1972 Mar 1990 BA-46, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 707 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge
BA-47 047 Jul 1972 Jun 1976 BA-47, Crashed at Dikkebus on 28 Jun 1976 due to engine failure.
BA-48 048 Jul 1972 Feb 1990 BA-48, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 708 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, stored at Division de Abastecimiento, El Bosque, preserve Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio/National  at Los Cerillos, Chile.
BA-49 049 Jul 1972 Apr 1975 BA-49, crashed at Jehay-Bodegnée on 17 Apr 1975 due to engine failure on approach
BA-50 050 Aug 1972 Feb 1990 BA-50, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 709 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge
BA-51 051 Aug 1972 Sep 1989 BA-51, engine explosion while running up for take off from Solenzara (F.) airbase on 18 Sep 1989, fusemage at Royal Army Museum Depot Vissenaken, noted on dump of Bitburg museum (D.)
BA-52 052 Aug 1972 Jan 1990 BA-52, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 710(Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, stored at Division de Abastecimiento, El Bosque
BA-53 053 Aug 1972 Jan 1994 BA-53, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), noted at the Musée Européen de l'Aviation de Chasse, Montélimar (F.).
BA-54 054 Sep 1972 Jan 1994 BA-54, "Diyarbakir Express", sold to SAGEM (F.)
BA-55 055 Aug 1972 Oct 1982 BA-55, crashed at Bierset/Grace-Hologne on 7 Oct 1982.
BA-56 056 Oct 1972 Feb 1990 BA-56, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 711(Chilean Air Force), struck of charge,
BA-57 057 Oct 1972 Feb 1990 BA-57, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 712(Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, preserved War Academy Santiago (Chili)
BA-58 058 Oct 1972 Jan 1977 BA-58, crashed in the Westerschelde/Hoge Springer on 10 Jan 1977 on a low level flight
BA-59 059 Oct 1972 Feb 1990 BA-59, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 713(Chilean Air Force), struck of charge
BA-60 060 Oct 1972 Jan 1989 BA-60, storage at Koksijde, "Mirsip" prototype, conversion to M5MA "ELKAN", 714 (Chili Air Force), struck of charge
BA-61 061 Mar 1973 May 1979 BA-61, crashed at Finnevaux on 2 May 1979 after a mid-air collision with BA-39
BA-62 062 Mar 1973 Jun 1988 BA-62, stored at Koksijde, converted into M5MA "ELKAN", 715 (Chilean Air Force), struck of charge, stored at Division de Abastecimiento, El Bosque, instructional airframe at Escuela de Especialidades, El Bosque
BA-63 063 Mar 1973 Jun 1988 BA-63, Special c/s 15 Years 8 Squadron, crashed at Marchin (Huy) on 10 Jun 1988 after engine problems
 

 

 

 

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