- Mirage IIIC (Australian markings), 1:48 scale
Mirage IIIC (Australian markings), 1:48 scale
This model kit includes decals for an RAAF Sales Promo version.
The Mirage III was a single / dual-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. In 1958 it became the first Western European combat aircraft to exceed Mach II in horizontal flight. The Mirage III was produced in large numbers for both the French Air Force and a number of export customers, including Australia. The fighter model could be adapted to serve in a variety of roles, including trainer, reconnaissance and ground-attack versions.
A total of 116 Mirage IIIs were built for Australia, the first of these arriving in January 1964. From the mid-1980s they were used for the advanced training of No. 77 Squadron pilots before their conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet. The last RAAF Mirage flight took place on 8 February 1989, making the Mirage the longest serving fighter in RAAF history. In fact, the Mirage III was in service almost a decade longer than expected - several Mirages flew well over 4,000 flight hours.
This kit includes markings for a promo version, used as part of a sales pitch to the RAAF by manufacturers Dassault in the 1960s.
1:48 scale plastic model kit. Assembly required - glue and paint not included. Suitable for modellers aged 14 and up.