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Great Britain Dassault Mystere, Andrewsfield, July 2020

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This is a slightly shorter and different report I'm used to posting but felt I had enough photos to show.

Whilst bored and scouring google maps for retired aircraft I spotted a rather unusual aircraft parked away from the smaller flying washing machines. A bit of digging reviled it was a French fighter aircraft, an MD-454, known as the Mystere IV built by Dassault.

Designed in the 1950's this aircraft was one of France's first transonic fighter bomber aircraft, powered by a single Rolls-Royce engine, used by the Israeli, Indian and French with some ending up with the USAF. Overall 585 of these aircraft were manufactured with varying differences.

This exact aircraft 8-ND was harder to find any history for. From my reading the plane has stood here for around 30 years after being left here by the Rebel Air Museum when they moved to Duxford.
It look a lot of scouring on aviation groups to find anything on this exact plane to give this whole report a bit more meaning rather than just a collection of pretty crap photos.
Eventually I found a list documenting all Mysteres but the reg was hard to find among the hundreds of other entries although this made me realize it is one of the few left in the UK which hasn't been used for training or been completely restored. And then I found the entry for the aircraft, which was rather blank. The aircraft is said to have served as part of the Patrouille de France aerobatics team, between 1961 and 63, then I can only assume the plane was sent off to the USAF as the last note was its retirement from the USAF in 1980. Afterwards the rest appears to be speculation with in been "Abandoned" when the museum left it.

(Main source: http://forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/Mystere.html)

The visit
After scouting a location I would later return to in the following week we had just finished a visit to another unexpected location. Whilst heading back I suggested driving by here as I had this unusual plane to check out. We pulled up near a private road which numerous people were cycling and driving up that lead straight to the plane. Eh, what's the harm in driving up it? So we did. We arrived at what appeared to be a bar where all the cyclists had ended up and gingerly walked over to the aircraft passing the other smaller light aircraft, grabbed our photos and went...
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Anyway, hope the read wasn't too boring for ya.




 

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Enjoyed the read. Good effort to dig up some of
the aircrafts own history along with the back story to the type of aircraft :)
 

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Those photos definitely aren't crap. Nice find
 
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