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Mirage IVA gifted to Yorkshire Air Museum
Mar 15th, 2017 at 4:51pm
 
From August 17th 2016 via Twitter

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News from Yorkshire @air_museum - transfer OK'd of Mirage IVA - 1st time strat nuke bomber gifted to foreign museum


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It’s Official – A French Nuclear Mirage IV Bomber is Signed Off for The Museum

The Museum’s collection of European Cold War jets is one of the most comprehensive collections in existence. With several aircraft maintained in ground running order, visitors often comment on how authentic this collection is. The opportunity to acquire ex military jets is a long and complex process, so we are thrilled today to announce the official signing of a unique transfer agreement that will bring a French nuclear bomber to the Museum.

It was announced today that the French Minister of Defence in Paris, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, has formally signed the transfer agreement of a huge Dassault Mirage lVA jet aircraft to the Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum based at Elvington, near York.

This is the first time that a strategic nuclear bomber has been gifted directly to an independent Museum of a different nation, and reflects the reputation of the Museum/Memorial and its close connections with the French Air Force, being the former location of the only two French heavy bomber squadrons of WWll, with over 2300 French airmen based there during the war.

The huge delta winged Dassault Mirage lVA is 23.5m (77′) long and 11.85m (39′) wide. It weighs 31 tonnes and flew at speeds up to Mach 2.2 about 1,100 mph (2124kph). It will be the only Mirage IV on display in Britain and it is hoped the aircraft will be delivered to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington soon.

The aircraft destined for display at the Museum was originally on display at the huge Cité des Sciences Museum in Paris (Europe’s largest science museum) as France’s iconic super jet. The huge aircraft is currently at an air force base near Paris and is likely to be shipped over to Britain where it will be re-constructed on the site of the former French air base at Elvington.
French Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency, Mdme Sylvie Bermann, said, “I am delighted to add my congratulations to the Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington upon the announcement that our Minister of Defence has agreed to the gift of one of France’s most iconic aircraft, the Mirage lV, in recognition of the close ties between our two nations.”

Museum Director, Ian Reed, who began negotiations for the transfer of the jet with the French Government in 2007, said today, “I would like to thank the French Government, diplomatic staff from the French Embassy and the French Air Force based both in Britain and Paris and aviation associates as far away as Dubai for their efforts in helping us over the last 9 years, to make this unique and historic project happen.”
Once transported to the Museum, the Mirage IV will sit alongside our other Cold War aircraft and complement our Mirage III fighter, plus our Victor and Nimrod jets.


Info via http://yorkshireairmuseum.org/latest-news/mirage-iv-jet/
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Reply #1 - Mar 15th, 2017 at 4:54pm
 
Dates for arrival have been released today 15/03/17

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The Dassault Mirage IV will be moved by specialist road transportation from a French airbase to the Museum towards the end of March


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The Mirage to Elvington Timetable


The final preparations for moving the Mirage IV by road to The Yorkshire Air Museum, near York, as now progressing. The schedule planned is a guideline to help follow the progress of the aircraft during the move and also gives an approximation of the aircraft’s final public display.

20th – 24th March French and UK teams make final preparations for the aircraft movement

26th March UK team travels to France to formally sign the transfer paperwork for the aircraft

27th March Vehicle logistics team arrive on site to load the aircraft and engineering equipment required for re-assembly

28th – 31st March Convoy of two wide load Convoi Exceptionnel vehicles travel the UK, crossing via St Malo to Portsmouth, then travelling via London and M1 to Yorkshire

3rd – 7th April Reconstruction at Elvington by a team of French engineers with support from the Museum’s engineering team

End of April Presentation of the Mirage IV and official unveiling for public display

Fine details of the aircraft’s movement schedule will be added here as they become available as well as through our social media channels.


Info from http://mirage.yorkshireairmuseum.org/mirage-elvington-timetable/
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