Kit #AA2095. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed
resin kit of the experimental Dassault
Mirage G8 strategic strike fighter, complete with decals.
In 1964, the French defense ministry, caught
up in the same belief in the value of a variable-geometry – aka “swing wing” –
fighter, announced a development program
for a variable-sweep wing aircraft that could – like McNamara’s ill-fated F-111
– be used for land-based and aircraft carrier-based operations.
Dassault received an order in 1965 to develop
a variable-sweep aircraft based on the Mirage family of aircraft. Initially, what emerged was the proposed two-seat
Mirage G4 fighter, which was essentially
a swing-wing version of their proven Mirage
F2. While this prototype was under construction, the requirements changed.
The plane, now a twin-engined fighter powered by SNECMA Atar 9KK50 turbojets, was to be converted from a
nuclear-strike-capable strategic fighter into a dedicated interceptor,
redesignated G8-01. The design had moved away from mirroring the strategic
multi-role General Dynamics F-111
and began paralleling the fleet air defense Grumman F-14.
The two-seat G8-01 made its first flight in
1971. The single-seat second prototype,
G8-02 first flew in 1972. Tests demonstrated a top speed of Mach 2.2, an
unrefueld range of 2,400 miles and a ceiling above 60,000 feet – ideal for a
ground-based or fleet interceptor fighter.
The G8 variants were equipped with Thomson-CSF radar and a low-altitude
navigational-attack system based on that used in the SEPECAT Jaguar and the Dassault
Tests were successful, but no funding was provided
for the Dassault Mirage G8, which did
not enter production.