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Offline Archibald

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early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« on: September 12, 2006, 12:18:15 am »
The Mirage III was the winner of a competition for a multirole, mach 2 fighter. Its only two competitors were the rocket-powered Trident II, and the Durandal which was quite similar to the Mirage, with a frontal air intake.
The Trident was eliminated as too specialised, and the Durandal because of its frontal air intake and weak low-level performances.

But these three aircrafts were realised for an earlier competition, a supersonic lightweight fighter. In fact it was to be the high-altitude complement of the NATO lightweight fighters (Fiat G.91, Etendard II IV VI, Breguet 1001 / 1100 TAON, SE-5000 Baroudeur).

Here are the Mirage III ancestors, Mirage 01/I and Mirage II.
The Durandal and Trident were the competitors.

Three other projects never went off the drawing board
- Morane-Saulnier MS-1000
- SNCAN (Nord) -5000 Harpon
- Breguet Br.1002

The pictures come from "les avions de combat francais 1945-1960 Chasseurs" by Jean Cuny. (I noticed that the pictures are signed JMC, and I'm quite sure its Jean Marie Carbonel :) )

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Re: early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 12:24:36 am »
Not Jean (middle name begins with M) Cuny?
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Re: early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 01:04:29 am »
Honestly, I don't know! I was just striken by this coincidence :) .
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Re: early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007, 05:32:12 pm »
J.M.C. is Jean Marie Cuny. A late friend of mine.

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Re: early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007, 02:28:34 pm »
J.M.C. is Jean Marie Cuny. A late friend of mine.

My condolences.

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Re: early Mirage III competitors (1953-1956)
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2007, 09:12:51 am »
He passed away in August 1992  :'(
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