Dassault Mirage 5BR

Dassault Mirage VBR BR-03

Dassault Mirage 5BR

Single-engine single seat reconnaissance 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 Arme 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 Mirage 5BR was specifically developped for the aerial reconnaissance and for that purpose received a speial nose which could incorporate different types of cameras. N 42 Squadron was the dedicated reconnaissance unit within the Belgian Air Force and as such the main users of the 27 BR versions. Four aircraft (BR-13, BR-25, BR-26 and BR-27) were completely overhauled and sold to the Chilean Air Force as  721, 722, 723 and 724 respectively.


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Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
BR-01 301 Mai 1971 Au 1973 MR-01 (?), BR-01, Crashed at Lessen on 2 Aug 1973 due to engine fire.
BR-02 302 Jun 1971 Jun 1972 BR-02, crashed at Bislich (D.) on 02 Jun 1972 after mid-air collission with Luftwaffe RF-4E Phantom II
BR-03 303 Jul 1971 Jan 1994 BR-03, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), used as instructional object at l'eco domaine de L'Etrillet at Bruz (F.)
BR-04 304 Aug 1971 Jun 1994 BR-04, "42 Squadron 30 Years" special paint, stored at Weelde, "Lallemand Memorial" Museum Florennes.
BR-05 305  Aug 1971 Apr 1974 BR-05, Crashed at Bois de la Fayette/Florennes on 1 Apr 1974.
BR-06 306 Sep 1971 Jun 1973 BR-06, 15 Jun 1973 Crashed at Borkenberge/Haltern (D.) after mid-air collision with glider D-0717
BR-07 307 Sep 1971 Jan 1994 BR-07, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM, preserved Bordeaux (F.), preserved Valence (F.)
BR-08 308 Sep 1971 Jan 1994 BR-08, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-09 309 Oct 1971 Jan 1994 BR-09, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-10 310 Oct 1971 Jun 1994 BR-10, stored at Weelde, on display at 1st Wing Museum Beauvechain
BR-11 311 Oct 1971 Jun1975 BR-11, crashed at Dattenhausen (D.) on 5 Jun 1975
BR-12 312 Oct 1971 Jan 1994 BR12, stored ar Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-13 313 Nov 1971 Jan 1994 BR-13, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 721, preserved at El Bosque (Ch.)
BR-14 314 Nov 1971 Jan 1994 BR14, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-15 315 Dec 1971 Jan 1994 BR-15, "42 Squadron 70 Years Mephisto" special paint, stored Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-16 316 Dec 1971 Jul 1981 BR-16, in flight collission with 300 m high RTL transmitting tower at Dudelange (L.) on 31 Jul 1981.
BR-17 317  Dec 1971 Jan 1994 BR-17, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-18 318 Dec 1971 Aug 1984 BR-18, fatal crash at Revogne (Beauraing) on 20 Aug 1984
BR-19 319 Dec 1971 Dec 1989 BR-19, fatal crash at Awirs on 20 Dec 1989 due to engine problems. Tail section preserved at Savigny-les Beaune (F.)
BR-20 320 Feb 1972 Mar 1987 BR-20, crashed at Boninne on 6 Mar 1987 due to a flameout on approach.
BR-21 321 Jan 1972 Jan 1994 BR-21,stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), preserved at Tournai
BR-22 322 Mar 1972 Jan 1994 BR-22, "42 Squadron 30 Years" special paint, stored at Weelde, sold te SAGEM (F.)
BR-23 323 Oct 1972 Jan 1994 BR-23, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.), preserved on roundabaut at Saint Brice Courcelles (Reims) (F.), as AdA 112-SR
BR-24 324  Oct 1972 Jan 1994 BR-24, stored at Weelde, sold to SAGEM (F.)
BR-25 325  Feb 1973 Jan 1994 BR-25, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 722, preserved at Chilean National air & Space Museum, Santiago (Ch.)
BR-26 326 Mar 1973 Jan 1994 BR-26, "end of N 42 Squadron" special paint, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 723, preserved as '712' at War Academy Antofagasta (?) see also BR-27
BR-27 327  Jun 1973 Jan 1994 BR-27, stored at Weelde, to Chili AF as 724, preserved as '712' at War Academy Antofagasta (?) see also BR-26
 
N 42 Squadron operations on film "Le Mur du Son pour une Image" part 1 (French)
N 42 Squadron operations on film "Le Mur du Son pour une Image" part 2 (French)
N 42 Squadron operations on film "Le Mur du Son pour une Image" part 3 (French)
Walkarounds
Mirage 5BR BR07 preserved at Portes-ls-Valence
Mirage 5BR BR10 preserved at the 1st WingHistorical Centre at Beauvechain airbase

 

Last updated 08/06/16 10:19   Daniel Brackx

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