Absolutely cracking 1/72 diecast model by Falcon Models of Mirage IIICJ “159” of the 101st Tayeset (Squadron), Heyl Ha’avir (Israeli Air Force) at Hatzor air base, 1972 post Yom Kippur war in disruptive camouflaged livery. Very few were imported to the UK and the Falcon range has been discontinued. Complete with optional undercarriage positions, opening canopy and display stand. This famous aircraft is an essential addition to any diecast aviation collection and the best diecast model of the Mirage 111 available.
The distinctive yellow/orange triangles on the wings are to identify the aircraft to friendly pilots, thereby preventing any accidental incidents.
The Mirage III is a supersonic fighter aircraft designed by Dassault Aviation during the late 1950s, and manufactured both in France and a number of other countries. It was a successful fighter aircraft, being sold to many air forces around the world and remaining in production for over a decade.
The IDF/AF purchased three models of the Mirage III:
70 Mirage IIICJ single-seat fighters, received between April 1962 and July 1964.
Two Mirage IIIRJ single-seat photo-reconnaissance aircraft, received in March 1964
Four Mirage IIIBJ two-seat combat trainers, three received in 1966 and one in 1968.
The Israeli AF Mirage III fleet went through several modifications during their service life.
Over the demilitarized zone on the Israeli side of the border with Syria, a total of six MiGs were shot down the first day Mirages fought the MiGs. In the Six-Day War, except for 12 Mirages (four in the air and eight on the ground), left behind to guard Israel from Arab bombers, all the Mirages were fitted with bombs, and sent to attack the Arab air bases. However the Mirage’s performance as a bomber was limited. During the following days Mirages performed as fighters, and out of a total of 58 Arab planes shot down in air combat during the war, 48 were accounted for by Mirages. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Mirage performed in air to air operations only.