First flight of the Mirage IV in 1959

2016/06/17
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On this day, in 1959, the Mirage IV made its first flight at Melun-Villaroche with Roland Glavany at the controls.

On this day, in 1959, the Mirage IV made its first flight at Melun-Villaroche with Roland Glavany at the controls.

For its third flight, on June 20, 1959, Mirage IV 01 was authorized to make a flight pass over the Paris Air Show with General de Gaulle among the onlookers. On September 19, 1960, at 05:05 pm, René Bigand took off from Melun-Villaroche in Mirage IV 01 and broke the world speed record over a 1 000-km closed circuit (1 822 km/h). Flight 138, on September 23, corroborated the initial performance and pushed the record on a 500-km closed circuit to an average of 1 972 km/h, flying between Mach 2.08 and Mach 2.14.

The Mirage IV prototype made its first flight 50 years ago, on June 17, 1959.
The Mirage IV prototype made its first flight 50 years ago, on June 17, 1959

A new definition of the aircraft, with Snecma Atar 9 D engines was approved in October 1959 under the name Mirage IV A. The requirements were for a take-off weight of 32 tons and a minimum range of 1 100km/594 nm (of which one half at supersonic speed), which could be augmented by in-flight refueling.

When it entered into service back in 1964, the Mirage IV A was the first European military aircraft capable of sustained flight at Mach 2; it is still the only one in Western Europe.

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