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Book. “Mirage 2000. History in the Air Force from 1974 to the present day”

A book to discover - or rediscover - the Mirage 2000 written by one of the most recognized experts on an aircraft that has greatly contributed to shaping Dassault Aviation's legend.

A book to discover – or rediscover – the Mirage 2000 written by one of the most recognized experts on an aircraft that has greatly contributed to shaping Dassault Aviation’s legend.

Almost the same size as the Mirage III, more than 300 aircraft supplied to the Air Force, more than 250 exported… It would be an understatement to say that the Mirage 2000, which is still in service, has been – and continues to be – a huge success! In the wake of the experimental Mirage 4000, the first prototype of the Mirage 2000 made its maiden flight in 1978. But it was only in 1984 that its first version (2000 C) entered into service.

In all, as many as twelve Air Force fighter squadrons have been equipped with the various versions of the aircraft. It served the French Army in wars in the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and even Afghanistan.


Mirage 2000-01 during its first flight at Istres (South of France), on March 10, 1978.

Hervé Beaumont, CEO, as well as professor and lecturer, is considered to be one of the leading experts on the Dassault galaxy and, more generally, on the French Air Force. In addition to numerous articles, he has written several books on Mirage (IV, III, 5, F1, etc.) and held many parallel positions in aviation: honorary member of the ¼ fighter squadron “Dauphiné” and of the Strategic Air Forces, and administrator and secretary general of the Association of Strategic Air Forces. All these skills and experiences make him legitimately qualified to narrate the history of each version of the Mirage 2000!

To do this, Hervé Beaumont has detailed the contexts (political, military, industrial, etc.) in which all the versions of the Mirage 2000 were developed. For each of them, he reviews the specificities, equipment, weapons, and use. Not to mention the international exercises and operations in which the aircraft have participated, as well as the squadrons in which they have been deployed. In short, a 360-degree view of one of the most remarkable fighter jets of all times!

Book. “Mirage 2000. History in the Air Force from 1974 to the present day” Author: Hervé Beaumont. Editions techniques pour l’automobile et l’industrie (ETAI). ISBN: 1028304315


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