Dassault Mirage IIIO


1/48 Dassault Mirage IIIO A3-1


by Andrew Doppel

 

Serial No
A3-1
A/C type
Dassault Mirage IIIO (F)
Based at
ARDU (Aircraft Research & Development Unit), Avalon, Victoria (Circa 1964)
Scheme Natural metal Finish with red scalloping
History/Significance
A3-1 was Australia's first Mirage IIIO. Built in France it first flew on the 14th of March 1963 (in France) before being shipped to Australia aboard Hercules A97-206. It crashed 7/12/64 during spinning trials seriously injuring the pilot Sqn Ldr Svensson an RAF exchange pilot.
Kit
1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage IIIC/CJ converted to 'O' standards with Hamilton Hobbies conversion, decals from kit, Italeri kit and Aussie Decals. Thanks to Bruce Anders for the kit and Ryan for the conversion set.
Reference
Mirage IIIO Colors and Markings (Mottram/Mason), Meteor, Sabre & Mirage in Australian Service (Wilson)

 



 

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