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Dassault MIrage III V/STOL Derivatives (Balzac, IIIV)

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Deltafan

Like the bomb under the Mirage IV?
 

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uk 75 said:
Thank you Deltafan
I wonder if having a nuclear store on a centre pylon surrounded by jet downthrust would have worked.
Good point here. not exactly reassuring ! But nukes were design to be extremely safe. The three B-52 losses (Greensborough, Thulé and Palomares) lost H-bombs but none detonated.
More worrying is the unherent unstability of VSTOL aircraft. Strapping a nuke to that is a little unsetting when you think about it...
 

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You Tube videos on Balzac and III V

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjQ2IuTfsIM&list=PLcTRnIT1yAeaqW_A0EtzZk_vyq8R9YwMF&index=4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvv6PZtDaLg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ_gp33k80s
 

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uk 75 said:
Thank you Deltafan
I wonder if having a nuclear store on a centre pylon surrounded by jet downthrust would have worked.
This photo show underside of Mirage IIIV seen from plane back
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/Mirage_III_V_Le_Bourget_FRA_002.JPG

the under side is protected by the doors of lift engine.
and circulating air during take off or flight would cool the nuke at center pylon
although the runway must clean really clean to prevent that something hitting the nuke during take off or landing in VTOL mode.
 

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The Mirage III-V 01 as exposed at le Bourget has no lift engines left, just empty holes. It is easy to stand up there and look through the fuselage (I did it exactly three years ago - time is flying fast !)
 

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Hi!
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