The Mirage F1 is a single-engine, single seat aircraft designed by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. It is the successor series to the prior Mirage III and Mirage V interceptors and borrows many elements from the two previous aircraft. Entering service in the 1970s it was flown be the Armee De l'Air right up until 2014 in many configurations; the F1 has been built and flown as a fighter-interceptor, strike aircraft, and photo-reconnaissance jet.
Work began on the F1 around 1968 as one of three projects (F1-F3) being researched by Dassault. After cancelling the F2 and F3 the company focused their efforts on producing this fighter. It was meant to be a stopgap until a joint Anglo-French interceptor was found, but the F1 would go on to be France's standard fighter until the introduction of the Rafale.
The F1C is the baseline interceptor and is the most numerous variant. While similar in form to the Mirage III and V it boasts a shoulder mounted, conventional swept wing and traditional tail controls (compared to the large delta of the precursors). Powered by an improved Atar 09 turbojet the F1 could reach Mach 2 at 36,000ft, and had excellent agility. It is armed with 2 DEFA 30mm cannon and has provisions for up to 4 missiles (A2A or A2G), bombs, rockets, Drop tanks, ECM and chaff-flare pods, and recon pods. It has been used by France, Iraq, Spain, South Africa, and others. This example bears the general high-visibility blue and grey paint sceme of the French Air Force.
An F1 fires a Matra Super 350F missile
Group 1 - Drogue chute
Group 5 - Release drop tank (2000L)
Group 8 - Master Arm On/Off
VTOL down - Flaps
Trim - Elevator trim (Trim+ nose up, Trim- nose down)
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.406
- Wing Loading 45.9lbs/ft2 (224.2kg/m2)
- Wing Area 521.9ft2 (48.5m2)
- Drag Points 5314
- Number of Parts 207
- Control Surfaces 7