Dassault Mirage IVP (59 / CF) from the French Air Force at the 46th International Paris Air Show (SIAE) 2005, Le Bourget (France)
In a very special retirement livery with "C'est Fini!" (it's finished!) added to the CF-code.
1964 - 2005; the lasts Mirage IVs of French Air Force after 41 years of good work and with "337.000 heures de vol" (flight hours).
The Dassault Mirage IV is a French jet-propelled supersonic strategic bomber and deep-reconnaissance aircraft. Developed by Dassault Aviation,
the aircraft entered service with the French Air Force in October 1964. For many years it was a vital part of the nuclear triad of the Force de Frappe, France's nuclear deterrent striking force. The Mirage IV was retired from the nuclear strike role in 1996, and the type was entirely retired from operational service in 2005. In 1979, in response to the decreasing effectiveness of the free-fall bombs used by both its strategic and tactical nuclear forces, the French commenced development of the ASMP (Air-Sol Moyenne Portée - medium-range air to surface) stand-off missile, with a range of up to 400 km (250 mi) and a single 150 or 300 kt nuclear warhead. Eighteen Mirage IVs were modified to carry the new weapon instead of bombs and received the new designation Mirage IVP (Penetration). The first Mirage IVP flew on 12 October 1982 and entered service
on 1 May 1986. This variant could carry either a single missile or a reconnaissance pod on the centreline.