Many people are unaware just how few Mirage IV aircraft remain on public display today. Our Mirage IV serial Number 45 was previously on display in the huge Cite de Sciences Museum in Paris. There, the aircraft was a majestic backdrop to the technology area of this massive tourist attraction. There are just a handful of other aircraft on display in France and none outside of the country. Number 45 will be the first Mirage IV ever to be on display outside of France.
The Museum staff have been incredibly helpful in providing us with historic images that show the Mirage IV being removed from the Museum at the end of the exhibition. These images show her being dismantled and loaded onto trucks in a similar operation to the one we will be undertaking on 27th March 2017 to move the aircraft from secure storage at a French Air Force base outside of Paris to our Museum in North Yorkshire.