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Dassault Mirage F.2



In 1964 Dassault received a contract to develop a successor to the Mirage III for the low-altitude penetration role, and an order followed for a single prototype of a tandem two-seat aircraft. The intended powerplant was a SNECMA (Pratt & Whitney) TF-306 turbofan. The new fighter featured a high-mounted swept wing with horizontal tail surfaces, and was assigned the designation Mirage F2. It was first flown on 12 June 1966 with a Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan rated at 8400kg with afterburning. After being re-engined with a TF-306 of 9000kg, it attained M=2.0 on its second flight, on 29 December 1966.
Work had begun on a single-seat version, the Mirage F3 with a 10350kg TF-306E engine, but changes in Armee de l'Air requirements saw interest transferred to a simpler version of the basic Mirage F1. Development of which had been pursued in parallel by Dassault, and further development of the Mirage F2 was discontinued.

Engine: 1 x Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan, 9000kg
Take-off weight: 18000 kg / 39683 lb
Empty weight: 9500 kg / 20944 lb
Wingspan: 10.5 m / 34 ft 5 in
Length: 17.6 m / 57 ft 9 in
Height: 5.8 m / 19 ft 0 in
Max. speed: 2333 km/h / 1450 mph
Ceiling: 20000 m / 65600 ft



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