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Published on Sep 8, 2007
This video shows Mirage F1 flying extremely low between canyon rocks in the Chadian desert. It contains some air refuelling operations, low take offs, and more.
Mirage F1 is an old aircraft, far less performing than a Mirage 2000 or a F16, but a solid and rustic aircraft, with a strong undercarriage for dirt runways. Due to it's age, it is a "low-value" aircraft, thus allowing "leisure missions".
Mirages and Jaguars are operating for long in Chad. They have been deeply involved during 80's and 90's in fights for Libyan containment (at least two French aircraft have been shotdown), which have culminated with the bombing of the Libyan airfield of Ouadi-Doum with Jaguar. They are currently providing recon for Chadian government against rebels sustained by Sudan, and have been engaged during past weeks in close air support to French troops threatened by rebels in Chad and Centrafrica.
French Air Forces are currently operating in Chad, Ivory Coast, Centrafrica, Liban, Afghanistan, they're also still in Kosovo, off Somalia's coasts and other parts of the world...