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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie

Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Kraków Airport

Aeroplane: Dassault Mirage 5 BA

Dassault Mirage 5 BA

  • Technical data

Span 8.22 m
Length 15.55 m
Take-off weight 13,700 kg
Maximum speed 1912 km/h
Ceiling 17,000 m
Range 2400 km
Armament two 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons and up to 4,000 kg (8,818 lb) of ordnance (bombs and rocket missiles) on 5 underwing and ventral pylons, or additional fuel tanks
Powerplant :
SNECMA Atar 9C turbojet engine rated at 58,9 kN with afterburner


The Mirage 5BA was a fighter-bomber aircraft intended for the Belgian Air Force. It was produced for the French Air Force and for export. The first letter in the version’s code described the buyers country.

It was an improved version of the excellent Mirage III, featuring characteristic “delta” shaped wings. In the second half of the Sixties it was also produced as a fighter bomber for the Israeli Air Force. The aircraft based entirely on the Mirage III type, but was not equipped with the radar sight. Thanks to that, the aircraft was cheaper in use and in service, keeping in the same time all the necessary combat features. Lack of some subsystems enabled also to increase the fuel load in the internal tanks and increase the aircraft’s range.

The prototype was flown for the first time in 1967, but on the way to deliver the aircraft to Israel stood the weapons export ban, which the French government declared after the “Six Days War” in June 1967. The first aircraft produced initially in 1970 for Israel were taken over by the French Air Force.

Out of 400 aircraft produced, majority of it was exported. The aircraft was produced in three versions: the fighter-bomber, the reconnaissance and the school-combat.
Many of those machines were later modified, with introduced aerodynamic improvements and modernised aiming and navigation systems.The Mirage 5 was one of the milestones in the aviation technology developement. It combined in the excellent way the modern aerodynamics with very good performance and manoeuvrability. It was a tough opponent in combat, an export hit, becoming somewhat of a French trademark.

The example in Museum's collection served with the Belgian air force. It is a Mirage 5 BA (fighter-bomber), one of 63 of the kind that were operated by the country. Additionally, the Belgian air force was equipped with 27 reconnaissance (BR) and 16 combat trainer (BD) Mirage aircraft. Belgium, together with Libya, operated greatest numbers of aircraft of the type.


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