Thanks to his experience on the Mirage 5 B within the Belgian Air Force, spanning almost 18 years, the pilot Marcel “Celle” De Petter, supported by the Mirage 5 Pilots Association (MPA), is dedicating a book to this fighter plane, which was derived from the famous Mirage III.
Through 21 chapters and 448 pages, the author meticulously describes the whole history of the 106 Mirage Bs in the fleet operated by the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 42nd squadrons.
To create this reference book, which is packed full of information, he received precious assistance from thirty or so former “Miragists” – all pilots, technicians or support personnel who are very fond of the Mirage 5.
This book, lavishly illustrated with various unpublished photographs, also highlights all 4 squadrons, in particular enabling these “Miragists” to share their experiences of the famous fighter, and many anecdotes gathered over the 24 years of service of one of the most exported Dassault fighter planes.
Owing to its numerous qualities and a constant concern for detail, the “Mirage M5 B” book makes the reader feel like they have entered an aircraft that, in the words of the author, “has a prominent place in the history of the Belgian Air Force.” The aircraft has left a long-lasting mark on various people involved in the adventure, notably King Philippe of Belgium, who sees his Mirage pilot training as “one of [his] fondest memories.”
The Unique Story of the Mirage M5 B in the Belgian Air Force, Marcel “Celle” De Petter, Mirage 5 Pilots Association, 448 pages