Dassault Mirage 5BD

Mirage 5BD BD-07 at Bierset on 18 May 1984

Dassault Mirage 5BD

Single-engine two-seat trainer-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 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 twin-seat Mirage 5BD was essentialy developed as a two seat trainer version of the Mirage but appart from a reduced fuel capacity this subtype maintained its attack capability. After being withdrawn from use with the Belgian Air Force five Mirage 5BD's were converted into M5MD "Elkans" by Sabca and sold to the Chilean Air Force.


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Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
BD-01 201 Jun 1970 Oct 1990 MD-01, BD-01, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean AF as "716", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)
BD-02 202 Aug 1970 Jul 1975 BD-02, crashed at Lieneux on 14 Jul 1975
BD-03 203 Oct 1970 Jan 1993 BD-03, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean AF as "717", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)
BD-04 204 Sep 1970 Feb 1993 BD-04, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean Air Force as "718", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)
BD-05 205 Oct 1970 May 1986 BD-05, crashed at Bierset on 21 May 1986
BD-06 206 Nov 1970 Jul 1985 BD-06, crashed at Jamagne (Philippeville) on 3 Jul 1985
BD-07 207 Jan 1971 Nov 1987 BD-07, crashed at Comblain-Fairon on 19 Nov 1987
BD-08 208 Feb 1971 May 1979 BD-08, crashed at Oreye after flame out on landing on 17 May 1979
BD-09 209 Mar 1971 Jan 1994 BD-09, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BD-10 210 Apr 1971 Jan 1994 BD-10, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BD-11 211 Jun 1971 Jan 1994 BD-11, storage at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BD-12 212 Jun 1971 Jan1994 BD-12, special paint Mirage Farewell, storage at Weelde, to Chilean Air Force as "725", gate guardian at Base Aerea Cerro Moreno, Antofagasta, Chile
BD-13 213 OCt 1972 1987 BD-13, fuselage stored at Florennes, transferred to Royal Army Museum depot at Vissenaken.
BD-14 214 Oct 1972 May1989 BD-14, storage at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD Elkan, to Chilean Air Force as "719", stored
BD-15 215 Dec 1972 May 1989 BD-15, stored at Koksijde, reworked as M5MD "Elkan", to Chilean AF as "720", stored at BA El Bosque (Chile)
BD-16 216 Sep 1973 Dec 1973 BD-16, fatal crash at Ouffet on 7 Dec 1973
 

 

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