First flight in 1973
Training and tactical-support twin-jet tandem two-seater
January, 1979: went into operational service
Aircraft of the Patrouille de France aerobatics team as of 1981, as the replacement model for the Fouga Magister
512 Alpha Jets were produced (of which 329 were exported); for ten Air Forces (France, West Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, Togo, Cameroon, Qatar, Nigeria, Gabon)

Data Sheet


Span 29.85 ft
Wing surface 10.8 sq ft
Length 39.37 ft
Height 13.78 ft


Overall empty weight 7716 lbs
Internal fuel 1 900 L
External fuel 620 L
Maximum takeoff weight 11023 lbs
External load 5511 lbs


Maximum speed 500 kts
Maximum climbing speed 12 500 ft/min
Ceiling 48 000 ft
Single-engine service ceiling 32 000 ft
Take-off distances (15432lb) 2690 ft
Take-off distances (11023lb) 2362 ft
Landing ground run (11023lb) 1575 ft