First flight of the Alpha Jet in 1973

2016/10/26
Passion

On this day, in 1973, the Alpha Jet made its first flight at Istres, with Jean-Marie Saget at the controls.

On this day, in 1973, the Alpha Jet made its first flight at Istres, with Jean-Marie Saget at the controls.

This training and tactical-support twin-jet tandem two-seater was designed for a program jointly run by France’s and Germany’s air forces.

Alpha Jet 01
First flight of the Alpha Jet in 1973

It was the first aircraft produced conjointly by Dassault and Breguet. Planned to succeed the Fouga Magister and the Lockheed T 33, it was undertaken in cooperation with the German Dornier Corporation. Specifications were changed during the development.

On April 1971, the program was the following:

  • a French training version, as simple as possible ;
  • a German close air support and battlefield reconnaissance version, with the extra cost being borne by the German government.
Alpha Jet in flight
First flight of the Alpha Jet in 1973
crosspin