First flight of the Étendard IV M en 1958

2016/05/21
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On this day, in 1958, Étendard IV M made its first flight in Melun-Villaroche with Jean-Marie Saget at the controls.

On this day, in 1958, Étendard IV M made its first flight in Melun-Villaroche with Jean-Marie Saget at the controls.

In 1955, the engineering department of aeronautics asked Dassault to redesign the Mystère XXIV (Étendard IV), proposed to the Air Force, to turn it into a ” low-altitude fighter and attack seaborne aircraft”. The seaborne Étendard IV M prototype was a low and middle altitude fighter and attack aircraft, deployable from aircraft-carriers of the Clemenceau class, and fitted with the 4400-kg thrust Snecma Atar 8 jet engine.

Etendard IV M on aircraft carrier. Ready for takeoff. Tight plan © French Navy

Its performance and external load capacity made the Étendard IV M an excellent attack aircraft, with a secondary role as an interceptor and aerial combat aircraft. Étendard IV M remained in active service in the Navy until July 1991, in a ship-borne fighter school, the Squadron 59 S of Hyères, which they had entered in October 1965. They carried out in all 180 000 hours of flight and 25 300 landings.

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