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MIRAGE F-1 - DODANE TYPE 11

   

THE CLOCK

 

This DODANE TYPE 11, is one of the last mechanical clock built for aircraft. All TYPE 11 clocks as Breguet and others manufacturers are equiped with a Valjoux 551 movement.

his clock shows the time, it has a chronometer with a 15 minutes counter, moving the outer bezel take off time can be recorded.

I wish to thank Laurent Dodane at

www.dodane1857.fr

for their support and collaboration in the restoration of this clock.

THE PLANE

The Mirage F1 is a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.

Dassault designed the Mirage F1 as a private venture, using its own funds. As a successor to its Mirage III, it was built without the delta-winged in order to improbe take off and landing performance.

In June 1975 Spain bought 15 aircraft renamed C-14 and they were bound to Albacete 14 th wing.

In June 1975, with tension growing with Morocco, Spain decided to strengthen its Air Force and bought 15 Mirage F1C that were bound to Albacete AB. In mid-1976 there was still some tension with Morocco and Algerian and Libyan MiG-25 flights on the Mediterranean, which would made Spanish Air Force to purchase ten more Mirage F1C and two years later order 48 Mirage F1C and F1E. They have also bought 12 F1EDA/DDA's from Qatar..

THE COCKPIT

The cabin was distressingly small, the most notable was the throttle, it carried the control for a automatic deploy of slats and half flaps under a certain low speed manouvering, another control allowed to retract it if the pilot prefer to gather speed quickly diving, skillfully used this control gave the plane an unsurpassed maneuverability at low speed.

It was the first fighter in Spain with VOR and ILS, autopilot with mode ils-loc hdg-cap layer (capa-fiche) and alt.

In the photo below could be seen a painted cockpit on the belly of the plane, so it is intended in a dogfight to decieve the enemy pilot trying not know in which way the plane is turning, making the enemy waste some vital seconds in a engament.

   

 

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