The MPA Strikes Again!

Pictorial Story of the 106 Mirage M5 B of the Belgian Air Force

In 2008, a small publication about the Belgian Mirage 5B is released by the MPA (Mirage 5 Pilot Association) ; it tells, in the French and Dutch languages, the beginnings of a long love story between the Belgian air force and the delta from Dassault: procurement, pilots formation in France, re-birth of the 8th Sqn, first flights over Belgium,..

The association eventually published, in 2018, a ‘Bible’ of almost 450 pages dedicated to ‘The Unique Story of the Mirage M5B in the Belgian Air Force’.  Contributions from many civilian and military sources made this publication a real ‘must’ for anyone interested in the Dassault delta-winged fighter.  And yet as big and comprehensive this Bible was, the MPA still had a few cards up their sleeve…

And thus, early this year, as we all try to cope with the Covid crisis, comes a very welcome surprise, another big volume (322 pages) filled with numerous, most never-published before, pictures of each of the 106 Mirage 5 of the Belgian air force.  Some pictures also show the Elkan variant sold to Chile.  Small English captions accompany the pictures and each aircraft also benefit from a superb colour profile drawn by Johan Wolfs. Both type of camouflage sported by the Belgian Mirages are illustrated, as are some bare metal birds.  A book of few words but a real treat for the eyes!

This third ‘must-have’ book for the fans of the Belgian delta can now be ordered from  Pictorialstorybook@gmail.com.  Info about postage can be obtained there too.  Don’t delay your purchase too long as this is, as is usual with the MPA publications, a limited edition print.

Review by Michel Willot; pictures by MPA and Michel Willot.

http://www.mirage5.be

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