Dassault Mirage F2
|First flight||12 June 1966|
|Variants||Dassault Mirage G|
The Dassault Mirage F2 was a French prototype two-seat attack fighter which was designed to serve as a test bed for the SNECMA TF306 turbofan engine and influenced the similar variable-geometry Dassault Mirage G.
Design and development
Dassault were tasked in the early 1960s to design a low-altitude intruder that did not have the high approach speeds associated with the Mirage's delta wing. Unlike the earlier Mirage III the F2 had a high-mounted swept wing and horizontal tail surfaces. The prototype powered by a Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan first flew on 12 June 1966. It was re-engined with the SNECMA TF306 for the second flight on 29 December 1966.
Two parallel developments were a single-seat Mirage F3 interceptor and a scaled-down and simpler Mirage F1. Eventually the French Air Force chose to develop the French-engined F1, and the F2 did not enter production.
Specifications (Mirage F2 with TF30)
- Crew: 2
- Length: 17.60 m (57 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
- Height: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)
- Empty weight: 9,500 kg (20,944 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 18,000 kg (39,683 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan, 89 kN (20,000 lbf) thrust
- Maximum speed: 2,333 km/h (1,450 mph; 1,260 kn)
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.2
- Service ceiling: 20,000 m (66,000 ft)
The sole Mirage F2 is now preserved with DGA Techniques Aeronautiques in Toulouse Balma, location: 43°37'2.82"N 001°29'25.67"E
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- Orbis 1985, p. 1333
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.