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.