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Dassault Mirage III ('Shachak') * Retired *
Seventy-two Mirage IIICJ and four Mirage IIIBJ ordered 1960. The IIICJ's were delivered 4 July 1961-22 July 1964. Used by 101, 117 and 119 sqns in the interceptor and fighter-bomber roles. Two of the IIICJ were delivered to IIIRJ standard in 1965 with a recconaissance nose, for use by 119 sqn but in 1970 were transferred to 101 sqn. Three IIIBJ were delivered on 16 February 1966 (2 to 101 sqn and 1 to 117 sqn), with two more examples being supplied to 117 sqn on 12 January 1968. One IIIBJ was converted to 'Salvo' with a J79 engine under the Kfir development programme, and first flew 19 October 1970. Two IIICJ were re-engined circa 1973 and fitted with a very long reconaissance nose - nicknamed 'Tsniut' (= Pinnochio in Hebrew). Withdrawn from service in 1980. The Hebrew name means Thunderbolt?

Construction numbers for the IIICJ were 101 to 148, 152/154/155-156, 159-160/162, 165-167, 169-170, 173-174, 176-177, 179-180, 182-187. Construction numbers for the IIIBJ were 236-238 plus 239-240 (unconfirmed). Aircraft were intially assigned two-digit serial numbers in the range 01 to 99, but were subsquently reserialled in several different ranges.

Nineteen IIICJ and 3 IIIBJ survivors sold to Argentina in 1982 as C-701-C-719 and C-720-722 respectively.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
618       IIIBJ
639 237     IIIBJ, to Argentina C-721
769       IIIBJ
86       IIIBJ, later 286, to Argentina 1982
87       IIIBJ, later 787, to Argentina 1982
88       IIIBJ, later 988, preserved Hatzerim Museum
89       IIIBJ, to Argentina 1982
01       IIICJ, w/o 31 Jan 1967
02       IIICJ, w/o 5 June 1967
03       IIICJ, later 103, to Argentina 1982
04       IIICJ, w/o 5 June 1967
05       IIICJ, w/o 11 Dec 1963
06       IIICJ, w/o 8 June 1967
07       IIICJ, later 507, to Argentina 1982
08       IIICJ, w/o 1 July 1968
09       IIICJ, later 409
10       IIICJ, later 510, w/o 29 June 1965
11       IIICJ, later 111, preserved Hatzerim Museum '158'
12       IIICJ, later 712, w/o 31 March 1966
14       IIICJ, w/o 17 Oct 1973
15       IIICJ, w/o 2 May 1972
16       IIICJ, w/o 5 June 1967
17       IIICJ, w/o 11 Sept 1963
18       IIICJ, w/o 11 Sept 1963
19       IIICJ, to Argentina
20       IIICJ, later 720, to Argentina
22       IIICJ, w/o 24 Aug 1966
24       IIICJ
25       IIICJ, w/o 9 Oct 1973
26       IIICJ, later 526, w/o 2 Feb 1970
27       IIICJ, later 527, w/o 21 June 1964 or 21 Dec 1964
28       IIICJ, later 128, w/o 24 March 1963
29       IIICJ, later 129
30       IIICJ, later 130, to Argentina
31       IIICJ, w/o 26 July 1970
32       IIICJ, later 732, to Argentina
33       IIICJ, later 133, to Argentina
34       IIICJ, later 634, w/o 4 Nov 1971
41       IIICJ, w/o 4 Nov 1971
42       IIICJ, later 942, w/o 5 June 1967
43       IIICJ, later 743, to Argentina
44       IIICJ, later 144, Preserved Hatzor
45       IIICJ, w/o 18 July 1969
47       IIICJ, later 147
48       IIICJ, later 148
49       IIICJ, later 649, w/o 21 May 1973 or 13 Sept 1973
50       IIICJ, later 150, to Argentina
51       IIICJ, later 151
52       IIICJ, later 952, w/o 15 Apr 1974
53       IIICJ, later 753, 153, to Argentina
54       IIICJ
55       IIICJ, later 755, w/o 4 Mar 1971
56       IIICJ, later 756, w/o 20 July 1969
57       IIICJ, w/o 9 Feb 1970
58       IIICJ, later 158, to Argentina
59       IIICJ, later 159, 259, to Argentina
159       IIICJ, 13 kills, later 459
459       IIICJ, 13 kills, ex-159
159       IIICJ, ex FAA C-713, preserved Hatzerim Museum
60       IIICJ, w/o 7 June 1967
62       IIICJ, later 562, w/o 1 Oct 1971
63       IIICJ
64       IIICJ, later 764, w/o 14 Apr 1968 or 22 Oct 1980
65       IIICJ
66       IIICJ, later 766, to Argentina
67       IIICJ
68       IIICJ, later 768, w/o 9 Jan 1973
69       IIICJ
70       IIICJ, later 570, w/o 2 March 1970
71       IIICJ, later 171, w/o 29 June 1965, or 5 kills to Argentina
72       IIICJ, w/o 31 March 1966
73       IIICJ
74       IIICJ, w/o 19 Oct 1965
75       IIICJ, w/o 1 July 1968
76       IIICJ, later 176, to Argentina
77       IIICJ, later 177, to Argentina
78       IIICJ, later 778, w/o 10 Oct 1973
79       IIICJ, later 779, to Argentina
80       IIICJ, later 780
81       IIICJ, w/o 2 Oct 1970 or 20 May 1970
82       IIICJ
83       IIICJ, later 783, to Argentina
84       IIICJ, w/o 7-8 June 1967
85       IIICJ, later 785, w/o 12 Oct 1973
98     1965 IIIRJ, later 498, to Argentina
99     1965 IIIRJ, later 499, w/o 6 May 1974 or 6 June 1974

References:

  • World Air Power Journal Vol.14
  • World Air Power Journal Vol.16
  • (Le Fana de l'Aviation Sept 98 to Feb 99)
  • Dassault-Breguet Mirage III/5 (Salvador Mafe Huertas)
  • Shachak
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Dassault Mystere IVA ('?')
Sixty aircraft ordered from manufacturer in January 1955. Delivered late 1955-1956. (6 aircraft delivered April 1956, 18 more in May 1956. 36 more ordered early 1956: 18 delivered 18-19 August 1956, 18 more delivered 22 August 1956. Used same delivery serials as the first batch). Used by ? sqns for fighter-bomber role. All withdrawn February 1971. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
630        
81        
         
        101 Sqn, w/o 2 Nov 1956 - shot down near Ras Nasrani by AA fire

References:

  • Wings Over Suez


Dassault MD.450 Ouragan ('?')
Twenty-four new build aircraft ordered January 1955. 6 aircraft delivered 6 October 1955, 6 more 12 October 1955 and 12 aircraft 23 November 1955. Six additional aircraft delivered August 1956. Forty-two ex-AdlA aircraft delivered when? Nine more ex-AdlA aircraft delivered when? Total delivered 75 aircraft by 1957. Used by 113 and 115 sqns for fighter-bomber role. All retired in January 1973 and eighteen sold to El Salvador in 1975. Hebrew name not known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
323       113 Sqn
28       113 Sqn
29       113 Sqn, sharksmouth
59       113 Sqn, sharksmouth
5642       ferry reg'n 4X-FRB
        w/o early 1956 - crashed at Hatzor
        w/o 31 Oct 1956 - belly landed near Chalutsa

References:

  • Wings Over Suez


Dassault Super Mystere B.2 ('Sa'ar')
Twenty-four new build aircraft ordered from manufacturer in late 1958. All delivered by end of 1959. Twelve ex-AdlA aircraft obtained in 1963. Total delivered thirty-six aircraft. Used by 105 sqn in the fighter-bomber role. During 1969-72 twenty-six aircraft re-engined by IAI with J52-P-8A engine from the A-4H Skyhawk. Modified aircraft known as 'Sa'ar'. Hebrew name means ?. Twelve surviving aircraft sold to Honduras from 1976 (6 in 1976 and 6 more 1978-79).

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
02        
05        
08        
09 32     to Honduras 2013 in 1976
10 33     to Honduras 2011 in 1976
18       w/o 7 Oct 1973
33 42     to Honduras 2014 in 1976
34 44     to Honduras 2005 in 1976
43 142     to Honduras 2006 in 1976
44 143     to Honduras 2016 in 1976
46 149     to Honduras 2004 in 1976
48 126     to Honduras 2002 in 1976
80 15     to Honduras 2012 in 1976
82 180     to Honduras 2007 in 1976
85        
87 137     to Honduras 2003 in 1976
096 06     preserved Hatzerim
  12     to Honduras in 1976
  19     to Honduras in 1976
  25     to Honduras 2009 in 1976
  31     to Honduras in 1976
  92     to Honduras in 1976
         
         

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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