The Dassault Mirage F2 was a French prototype two-seat ground attack/fighter aircraft, which was designed to serve as a test bed for the SNECMA TF306 turbofan engine. The F2 also influenced the subsequent Dassault Mirage G, a variable geometry design.

Mirage F2
Role Attack/fighter
National origin France
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
First flight 12 June 1966
Status Cancelled
Number built 1
Developed from Dassault Mirage III
Developed into Dassault Mirage G

Design and development edit

Dassault were tasked in the early 1960s to design a low-altitude intruder that did not have the high approach speeds associated with the delta wing of the Mirage III. Unlike the Mirage III, the F2 had a high-mounted swept wing and horizontal tail surfaces. The prototype powered by a Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan first flew on 12 June 1966. It was re-engined with the SNECMA TF306 for the second flight on 29 December 1966.

Two parallel developments were a single-seat Mirage F3 interceptor and a scaled-down and simpler Mirage F1. Eventually the French Air Force chose to develop the French-engined F1, and the F2 did not enter production.[1]

The fuselage and engine from the F2 formed the basis of a variable-geometry variant, the Mirage G.[1]

Aircraft on display edit

The Mirage F2 is now preserved with DGA Techniques Aeronautiques in Toulouse Balma.[citation needed]

Specifications (Mirage F2 with TF30) edit


Data from the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft.[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 17.60 m (57 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)
  • Empty weight: 9,500 kg (20,944 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 18,000 kg (39,683 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan, 89 kN (20,000 lbf) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 2,333 km/h (1,450 mph, 1,260 kn)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 m (66,000 ft)

See also edit

Related development

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b c Orbis 1985, p. 1333

Bibliography edit

  • Buttler, Tony (2015). X-Planes of Europe. Vol. II: Military Prototype Aircraft from the Golden Age 1946–1974. Manchester, UK: Hikoki Publications. ISBN 978-1-90210-948-0.
  • Carbonel, Jean-Christophe (2016). French Secret Projects. Vol. 1: Post War Fighters. Manchester, UK: Crecy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-91080-900-6.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.