On this day, in 1966, the Mirage III F2 made its first flight at Istres with Jean Coureau at the controls.
On November 21, 1963, the Dassault corporation signed the development contract for a prototype aircraft, the Mirage III F equipped with a TF 106 jet engine. The delta wing was replaced by a high, sharply sweptback and lift augmented wing. The stabilizers were mounted low on the fuselage which was a first for the corporation. In 1965, the DMA ordered three two-seat Mirage F 2 prototypes for the Air Force.
It was the first corporation aircraft in which trial flight data was transmitted by telemetry, increasing the aid the trial team could offer the pilot, and thus improving the security and continuity of trials. On December 29, it achieved Mach 2 and made a landing in 480 m.