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Dassault Super Mystère

The Dassault Super Mystère is a French fighter-bomber and was the first Western European supersonic aircraft to enter mass production.

The Super Mystère represents the final step in evolution which began with the Dassault Ouragan and progressed through the Mystère II/III and Mystère IV.

While earlier Mystère variants could attain supersonic speeds only in a dive, the Super Mystère could exceed the speed of sound in level flight.

This was achieved thanks to the new thin wing with 45° of sweep and the use of an afterburner-equipped turbojet engine.

The first prototype Super Mystère B.1, powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon RA.7R, took to the air on 2 March 1954.

The aircraft broke the sound barrier in level flight the following day.

As the Super Mystère B.2, sometimes known as the SMB.2, the aircraft entered production in 1957.

The production version differed from the prototype by having a more powerful SNECMA Atar 101G engine.

A total of 180 Super Mystère B.2s were built.

In 1958, two Super Mystère B.4 prototypes were built.

Equipped with a new 48° swept wing and a more powerful SNECMA Atar 9B engine, the aircraft were capable of Mach 1.4.

Production never materialized because the faster Dassault Mirage III was entering service.

In 1973, the Israeli Air Force and Honduras Air Force upgraded their Super Mystère B.2s with a non-afterburning version of the Pratt & Whitney J52-P8A and new avionics.

In Israeli service these upgraded SMB.2s were also known as the IAI Sa’ar





14.13 m (46 ft 4 in)


10.51 m (34 ft 6 in)


4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)

Wing area

32 m2 (340 sq ft)

Empty weight

6,930 kg (15,278 lb)

Gross weight

9,000 kg (19,842 lb)

Max take-off weight

10,000 kg (22,046 lb)

Fuel capacity

2,000 kg (4,409 lb)


 1 × SNECMA Atar 101G-2 afterburning turbojet engine,

33.3 kN (7,500 lbf) thrust dry, 44.1 kN (9,900 lbf) with afterburner


Maximum speed

1,195 km/h (743 mph, 645 kn) at 11,000 m (36,089 ft)

Maximum speed

Mach 1.12

Combat range

870 km (540 mi, 470 nmi)

Ferry range

1,175 km (730 mi, 634 nmi)

Service ceiling

17,000 m (56,000 ft)

Rate of climb

89 m/s (17,500 ft/min)

Wing loading

281 kg/m2 (58 lb/sq ft)





2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 150 rounds per gun


 2× Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each


2× Rafael Shafrir AAMs


2,680 kg (5,000 lb) of payload on four external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks.

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