Our Mirage IVA 45/BR (Bravo Romeo) flew for the first time on May 6th, 1966, with crew Elie Buge (pilot 1923-1967, first non-commissioned officer to cross the sound barrier) and Jean Cuny. Delivered to the French Air Force on June 3rd, 1966, Bravo Romeo completed 6,309 hours of flying and 2,975 landings. It left active duty and made its last flight on September 11th, 1991 before joining the Châteaudun base. It was then exhibited at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris from March 1995 to January 2009 before returning to Châteaudun
You can read more of the story behind the Mirage IV’s journey to the Museum and the reasons behind this unique gift here.
Now located inside of the main hangar at the Museum, you can read the full story of the transportation of this remarkable aircraft in this series of blog posts as a team from the Museum journeyed to France to oversee the move.
The BBC made this recent short feature on the Mirage IV project, using a combination of footage shot by the Museum media team and additional interviews.
The Mirage IV Blog
Read more blog posts about the progress of the Mirage IV here: