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Without access to official RAAF records it is not possible to provide an accurate history of all aircraft.

However by searching the available Aircraft Status cards and other photographic and written material a close match can be made, this is what has been done here.
If you have access to further information please contact the group.

One of the major hurdles is the fact that some aircraft served with multiple units, or served in the same unit at different locations and times. Another problem is that towards the end of the Mirage service life many aircraft were painted in the colour schemes of Squadrons to which they had never belonged, this was for the purpose of photo shoots.
I have seen an aircraft in 76 Sqn. colours parked beside an F/A-18. 76Sqn. disbanded many years before the Hornets came on the scene.

Two distinct versions of the RAAF Mirage were produced, the original III-O(F), a pure fighter version A3-1 to A3-50 inclusive.
They were originally left in the bare metal finish but corrosion problems saw them painted a silver colour .

From A3-50 onwards they were manufactured as III-O (F/A) the main difference being the inclusion of a Cyrano IIB Doppler radar to allow for a ground attack capability. With two exceptions all surviving (F) models were upgraded to (F/A) from June 1969. The exceptions were A3-2 which remained with ARDU for the duration, and had many trials modifications not fitted to the rest of the fleet, and A3-26 which remained in France for the first three years of it’s life as a test bed for the update.

The introduction of a ground attack capability saw the aircraft painted in a camouflage scheme of dark green / grey overall, this was followed by a lighter shade of green / grey with a light grey underside,

The last variant saw them painted a light blue grey overall.
To distinguish friend or foe during air to air combat training some aircraft also had a wide band of yellow or orange paint applied on the upper wing surfaces.

The various operational squadrons and their locations are as follows;
75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW 08/65-04/67
75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia 05/67-08/83
75 Sqn Darwin, NT 08/83-09/88
76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW 09/66-08/73
3 Sqn Williamtown, NSW 07/67-02/69
3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia 02/69-03/86
77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW 02/69-07/87
79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia 03/86-04/88

In addition there were No2 OCU based at Williamtown, NSW and ARDU based at Laverton, Vic then Edinburgh, SA

76 Sqn was disbanded in 1973 to allow more aircraft to be shared amongst the other operating units. 75 Sqn returned to Darwin in 1983 to provide a fighter defence for the top end whilst the Hornet Sqns became operational, it absorbed some of the 3 Sqn Mirages , ending up with 21 IIIOs and 4 IIIDs . 79 Sqn had been reformed at Butterworth to absorb the remnants of 3 Sqn’s aircraft and to provide a presence in the area when 3 Sqn returned to Australia to re equip with Hornets in 1986, 77 Sqn still at Williamtown eventually got all the rest of the aircraft including 2OCU’s, in fact taking over that unit’s role of pilot conversion whilst 2OCU changed to Hornets. The eventual strength of 77 Sqn was some 40 Mirages ( plus 16 Macchis )

(Introduction written by Rod Farquhar)

 
     
 
RAAF.Serial Aircraft.Type

Aircraft History

N/A Mirage IIIO-1 "Avon Mirage" The 4th production Mirage IIIC was rebuilt by Dassault France fitted with a Rolls Royce Avon Mk.67 engine.
Named "City of Hobart".
First flight 13/02/61.
Although the Avon produced slightly superior performance and range the SNECMA Atar 9C was selected.
After some 45 test flights the Avon was removed
An Atar refitted and the aircraft went on to serve as the Mirage IIIE prototype.
It survives today displayed at a museum in Savigny-lès-Beaune, France

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"City of Hobart"

A3-1 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Built by Dassault France.
05/04/63 Received by RAAF London form Department of Supply with installed Atar 13003.
10/04/63 To Air Attaché Paris ex RAAF London for flight testing,
03/10/63 Allotted 1 AD GAF Avalon ex Air Attaché Paris,
27/11/63 Arrived at Avalon from France inside Hercules A97-208,
18/12/63 To ARDU ex GAF Avalon,
29/01/64 Officially handed over to the RAAF,
25/06/64 To GAF Avalon ex ARDU,
08/07/64 To ARDU ex GAF Avalon,
07/12/64 Crashed 2 km from Avalon, Vic. During tests at 36,000ft with ARDU a spin developed, pilot was unable to recover and ejected just before impact at 750 knots (supersonic) and at a height of 7000ft.
Pilot Sqn Leader Tony Svensson RAF seriously injured in supersonic ejection.
RAAF Ejection number 26.
04/02/65 Written off Category 5 damage.

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A3-2 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 22/04/64.
Pattern aircraft built by Dassault France. During RAAF service and shortly after takeoff at 6,000 ft engine stopped dead. Flt LT Ron Green turned the aircraft 180 degrees and returned to runway. Recovered ok. Problem was fuel line cap left in which took 4 flights to become evident.
Finished RAAF Service with 1957 hours on airframe.
Served with ARDU.
Richmond Airshow 1988 - last public display of the Mirage in Australia.
Storage 1988 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-3 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 20/12/63.
First Mirage Fighter built in Australia.
Served with ARDU.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown NSW.
Into storage between 24/08/73 and 01/77.
When returning to service bird strike evidence was found painted over in aux air intake, repaired and returned to service.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Logged 3580 hours with RAAF on retirement.
Withdrawn 31/03/87.
Currently on display at Fighter World, Williamtown NSW.

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A3-4 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
16/01/64 Aircraft available for allotment within 14 days,
13/03/64
Delivered with Atar 13004,
17/01/64 To 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
25/06/64 To GAF Avalon ex 81 Wing for incorporation of GAF Engineering Mod,
08/07/64 To 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
24/05/65 To GAF Avalon ex 81 Wing ,
Held at GAF Avalon,
09/10/66 To 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
08/12/66 To No. 2(F) OCU ex 81 Wing,
19/05/67 To GAF Avalon ex  No. 2(F) OCU for incorporation of new mods and special servicing,
Suffered early accident after blown nose wheel tyre.
Rebuilt by GAF and returned to service 1 year later.
19/06/70 To GAF Avalon
30/09/70 To 77 Sqn ex GAF Avalon,
10/05/72 To GAF Avalon for Mod No 7,
03/08/72, Crashed 3 nm north of Avalon, Vic after engine failure during test flight.
Pilot ejected at 800 ft and 250 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLTLT R.V.Richardson.
RAAF Ejection number 43.

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A3-5 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 27/08/64.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3693 hours on airframe.
Storage 11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-6 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 16/09/64.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3701 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-7 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 24/06/64.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 3 Sqn in Australia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Retired from service 22/08/86
Flown to Storage at Woomera 09/86
Transported by road to Darwin for Darwin Aviation Museum
Stripped fuselage noted at Darwin.

Exported to Pakistan Air Force 1990.

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A3-8 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
04/08/64 Available for allotment 81 Wing,
07/08/64 Delivered to RAAF.
10/08/64 Handed over by GAF issued to RAAF Williamtown,
13/10/64 To GAF Avalon ex 81 Wing for repair,
11/12/64 To 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
14/09/65 To GAF Avalon ex 81 Wing for incorporation of mods,
12/11/66 Held at 81 Wing,
08/12/66 To 2 (F) OCU ex 81 Wing,
04/05/67 To 76 Sqn ex 2 (F) OCU,
18/08/67 To GAF Avalon for corrosion rectification ex 76 Sqn,
Returned to 76 Sqn on completion of work,
21/12/67 To 3 Sqn ex 76 Sqn,
06/03/68 To GAF Avalon for mods ex 3 Sqn,
10/07/68 To 76 Sqn ex GAF Avalon,
09/06/70 To GAF Avalon for mods ex 76 Sqn,
30/09/70 to 481 Sqn,
??/12/70 Received ARDU,
10/12/70 To 76 Sqn,
??/??/70-71 Received ARDU,
08/02/71 To 76 Sqn,
29/11/72 To GAF for Mods,
14/03/73 To 76 Sqn,
22/08/73 To ARDU until 18/09/73,
22/08/73 To 2 OCU,
13/03/74 To GAF,
25/07/77 To 77 Sqn,

17/02/78 Tyre failed at 150 knots on takeoff en route for bombing exercise, East Sale, Vic.
Pilot; FLTLT Ian.C.Watson.
"During take-off FLT LT Ian Watson aborted due to a blown tyre with his aircraft engaging the barrier at approximately 90 knots. On engagement the nose wheel collapsed and the aircraft fell on the centre line fuel tank, ruptured and burst into flames. As soon as the aircraft stopped, FLT LT Watson shut the engine down, unstrapped and sprinted away from the aircraft. East Sale emergency squads were in quick attendance and despite the intensity of the fire and the threat from live ordnance, the fire was quickly extinguished and the aircraft disarmed. The aircraft damage was assessed as CAT 5, with the starboard wing of A3-8 eventually sent to Wagga to be fitted to A3-41 in order for that aircraft to be used as a training aid." (From "Swift to Destroy").

Aircraft partially destroyed by fire.
19/01/79 To Base Sqn East Sale,
05/10/79 To CAC,
07/05/80 To ARDU "for consideration of ergonomic factors when developing Mirage Mods",
02/81 Trucked to Laverton in 02/81,
02/02/81 "Trailer transporting fuselage caught fire outside Horsham causing extensive damage to trailer and already damaged fuselage",
06/02/81 "Aircraft damaged beyond recognition has no residual value",
07/04/81 Approval granted to write off wreckage as scrap,
22/04/81 Aircraft cleared by BSEDN,
Dismantled,
Parts of this aircraft used to rebuild A3-41 for Training aid at RSTT Wagga Wagga.
Nose section to Classic Jets, Parafield, SA.

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A3-9 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 30/10/64.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Temporary Storage 02/74 at Avalon.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3445 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-10 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 25/11/64.
Served with 3 Sqn Australia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 3983 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-11 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 11/01/65.
Served with 2OCU.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
This aircraft performed the turning comparison with Hornet A21-102.
Finished RAAF Service with 3789 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-12 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 08/02/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Nowra Open Day 08/84 in 77 Sqn markings.
24/06/85, Aircraft over stressed. +9.5g to -4.5g during low level tactical intercepts.
Served with ARDU.
Richmond Airshow 1988 - last public display of the Mirage in Australia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4214 hours on airframe.
Storage 12/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-13 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 23/02/65.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3760 hours on airframe.
Airlifted by Chinook to Point Cook, Vic. 07/87
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-14 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 06/04/65 with installed ATAR Engine CAC23.
To 81 Wing 26/03/65.
To GAF Avalon 01/09/66.
To 81 Wing 15/11/66.
To 76 Sqn 08/12/66.
To GAF Avalon 11/06/67.
To 77 Sqn 04/10/68.
To GAF Avalon 14/04/70.
To 77 Sqn 22/06/73.
To 3AD 01/03/71.
To 77 Sqn 12/71.
To GAF Avalon 02/08/73.
To 77 Sqn 30/05/74.
Crashed 16/03/76, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Compressor stall during low-level four-ship formation practice for air display. Pilot ejected at 400 ft and 230 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF G.A.Kubank.
RAAF Ejection number 46.
ATAR Engine CAC96 and afterburner approved for conversion to training aid and allocated to RSTT Wagga. 25/05/76

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A3-15 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
Delivered 03/05/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
On 10/08/81, Suffered a ricochet at Singleton during strafing run.
Finished RAAF Service with 4223 hours on airframe.
Storage 05/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-16 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30032, Cost $1,665,000.00,
10/05/65 Allotted to 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
15/06/65 Handed over to RAAF.
12/07/66 Held 81 Wing,
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.

30/09/66 To GAF Avalon ex 81 Wing for incorporation of retrospective modifications,
To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn for special servicing,
To 76 Sqn ex GAF Avalon,
05/07/67 To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn for incorporation of retrospective modifications,
To 76 Sqn ex GAF Avalon,
10/12/69 To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn,
14/04/70 To 76 Sqn ex GAF Avalon,
Served with ARDU.
23/07/73 To GAF Avalon ex 76 SQn for Mod & and D Service,
29/11/73 To ARDU ex GAF Avalon,
24/10/74 damaged on wheels up landing at Tullamarine, Vic. Written Off.
Pilot FLTLT Nick Ford 
Noted at Warbirds Museum, Mildura
Noted with Ashley Briggs at Hallam, Vic
Acquired by Bob Jarrett

Restored and displayed at Classic Fighter Jets Museum, Parafield, SA.
18/04/2016 purchase deposit paid by Queensland Air Museum (QAM)
17/05/2015 ownership transferred to QAM

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Pilot's Account of the Wheels-up Landing

A3-17 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 14/07/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4554 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-18 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 05/08/65.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 01/04/74, 2.5 nm north of RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia.
Engine failure during return to base from Song Song Range (75 Sqn).
Pilot ejected at 180 ft and 160 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF L.D.Boyd. RAAF
Ejection number 44.

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A3-19 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 10/08/65. Temporary Storage 02/74 at Avalon.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3426 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-20 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 03/09/65.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with ARDU.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 11/86.
Airlifted to RAAF Kingswood (1 CAMD) by Chinook as Training Aid.
Still held in open storage

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A3-21 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 16/09/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth Malaysia.
Served with 2OCU. Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3887 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-22 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 08/10/65.
Finished RAAF Service with 4011 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-23 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 08/10/65.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4210 hours on airframe.
Storage 05/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-24 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 14/10/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4277 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-25 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 24/10/65.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4429 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-26 Mirage IIIO(F) Remained in France for the first 3 years of its life as a test-bed.
Delivered 08/11/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Destroyed 06/07/76, Butterworth, Malaysia when A3-64 landed on top of this aircraft.
Pilot of A3-26  Flt Lt Perry Kelly killed,
Pilot of A3-64 Flt Lt Paul Kaye injured.

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A3-27 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 29/10/65.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
During 02/72, Undercarriage malfunction. Main wheels came forward and put aircraft on its tail on startup.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4435 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-28 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 07/12/65.
Served with 75 Sqn.
Crashed 29/07/66, 5 nm south of RAAF Fairbairn, ACT near Queenbeyan, NSW.
Engine failure/undercarriage malfunction.
Pilot ejected at 2,000 ft and 260 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; SQNLDR D.M. Johnson.
RAAF Ejection number 28.

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A3-29 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 03/12/65.
05/66 Suffered a bird-strike and flame-out shortly after take off from Williamtown, Flt Lt. Garry Cooper (75 Sqn.) made a dead-stick landing at a disused airstrip at Tomago. A3-29 was then towed back along the road to Williamtown.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Collided with A3-30, 9/04/84, Bluff Downs, QLD. during low level mission.
Pilot FLGOFF C.R.Wylie, killed.

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A3-30 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 26/01/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Collided with A3-29, 9/04/84, Bluff Downs, QLD. During low level mission.
Pilot FLGOFF Paul L. Rim, killed.

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A3-31 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 02/02/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4090 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-32 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 23/02/66.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown NSW.
On 05/10/78 to Butterworth, Malaysia as replacement for A3-94.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 29/10/81, into sea off Penang, Malaysia at night.
Pilot FLGOFF Cliff Simmonds, killed.

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A3-33 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 22/02/66.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Temporary Storage 02/74 at Avalon.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3222 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-34 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 18/03/66.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
During 06/87, wings found cracked - replaced and returned to service.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3828 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-35 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 06/04/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4197 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-36 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 03/05/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown
On 24/11/76 to Butterworth, Malaysia as replacement for lost aircraft.
Served with 75 and 77 Sqns Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Crashed 27/05/85, 1.5 nm west of Darwin, NT Compressor stall/loss of thrust in circuit.
Pilot ejected at 1,000 ft and 200 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLTLT A.J.Quaife.
 RAAF Ejection number 64.
Aircraft made a fairly successful unmanned wheels up landing on the Ludmilla mudflats with minimal damage.
Was moved by Chinook helicopter to RAAF Base Tindal for restoration.
Returned to Darwin's Aviation Museum and Heritage Centre 23/11/2005 were it is currently on display.

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A3-37 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 15/06/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 18/03/69, Singapore.
Crashed into sea on a night low level intercept mission,
Pilot WGCDR E.J. Meyers, killed.

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A3-38 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 27/05/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4438 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-39 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 16/06/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4213 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-40 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 15/06/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
On 15/07/67, with 19 other aircraft departed on first leg to Butterworth, Malaysia.
This aircraft failed to start and delayed departure from Williamtown, an hour later all departed ok.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
The first OC Williamtown's a/c was A3-40 with the red/pale blue dart and falcon in circle 1976, in 1977 it returned to 2OCU colours.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 02/05/86, off Williamtown, NSW. Aircraft impacted water during air to air gunnery mission.
Pilot PLTOFF C.D.Macklemann, killed.

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A3-41 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 04/08/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW. 1966-67
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia 1967-69

Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW. 1969-77
Damaged 06/04/76, Nowra, NSW.
Engine Bay fire, landed safely.
Pilot, FLTLT I M Wilkie.
Rebuilt and sent to RSTT at Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Some parts used from A3-8 used to rebuild for training aid.
Currently on display on the gate at RAAF Forrest Hill, Wagga Wagga NSW.

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A3-42 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 01/08/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth Malaysia.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
Finished RAAF Service with 4015 hours on airframe.
Withdrawn 10/87, RSTT Wagga, NSW.
Was on display Air World Wangaratta, Vic.
Transported by road to Essendon Airport.
Restoration to airworthiness put on hold. (Owned by and was to be flown by ex-RAAF Mirage pilot.)
Moved to HARS, Albion Park, NSW 02/2015
Current plans are to restore it to taxiable condition.

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A3-43 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 23/08/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 01/09/67, Williamtown, NSW. During low level aerobatic display practice while the pilot was practicing for Air Force Week. The aircraft corkscrewed into the ground and hit the bitumen road that runs along the base and ended up several hundred metres inside the Hunter District Water Board land.
Pilot FLGOFF A.Karpys killed.

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A3-44 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 22/09/66.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
08/09/81, damaged by frags when missile fired by aircraft detonated shortly after firing.
Finished RAAF Service with 4201 hours on airframe.
Withdrawn 28/05/87,
Training aid then gate guard at 1CAMD RAAF Kingswood, NSW.
Purchased by C. Turner From 23/01/2002 has been loaned to and displayed at the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown, NSW

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A3-45 Mirage IIIO(F) Order No. PO30115, Cost $1,665,00.00,
01/09/66 To 81 Wing ex GAF Avalon,
06/09/66 Handed over to RAAF with engine CAC60,
18/12/66 To 76 Sqn ex 81 Wing,
29/09/67 To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn,
14/10/68 To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn,
11/06/69 To 76 Sqn,
15/11/71 To GAF Avalon ex 76 Sqn for Mod No 6,
14/02/72 To 2 OCU ex GAF Avalon,
12/05/78 To GAF Avalon ex 2 OCU,
19/05/78 Received GAF Avalon,
04/12/78 To 2 OCU ex GAF Avalon,
14/02/79 Received 2 OCU,
18/06/84 To 3 Sqn ex 2 OCU,
20/05/86 To 79 Sqn ex 3 Sqn,
30/06/86 To 77 Sqn ex 79 Sqn,
30/09/86 To GAF Reduce to spares.

Withdrawn 09/86,
29/06/87 To GAF for Museum display purposes.
Was on display at Fishermans Bend, Vic.
Stored at Avalon, Vic. c1992
Currently on display at ANAM Moorabbin, Vic.

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A3-46 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 27/09/66.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 03/04/67 4 nm northeast of Darwin, NT (76 Sqn) after engine failure during post-engine change air test.
Pilot FLGOFF J.L.Ellis ejected at 1,500 ft and 245 kts with only minor injuries.
RAAF Ejection number 29.

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A3-47 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 23/03/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 07/08/79, 8 nm north northeast of RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Undercarriage malfunction.
Pilot FLGOFF G.R.Lee ejected at 5,000 ft and 200 kts with only minor injuries.
RAAF Ejection number 54.

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A3-48 Mirage IIIO(F) Delivered 05/05/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 31/05/87,
Stored at Dubbo, NSW and used for spares.
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-49 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 17/07/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-50 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 31/05/67
1/06/67 to 76 Squadron
15/03/68 to 2OCU
21/03/68 to 76 Sqn.
18/11/71 to GAF Avalon for mods.
24/03/72 to 2 OCU

Crashed 02/02/77, Bulahdelah, NSW during low level aerobatics.
Pilot FLTLT D.J. Friedrichs, killed.

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A3-51 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 25/01/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Last Flight 06/87, Darwin, Townsville, Williamtown.
It logged 4181.2 hours and 5027 landings before retirement.
Currently on display at RAAF Museum, Point Cook Vic.

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A3-52 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 27/07/67.
Served with 3 Sqn.
Crashed 25/09/67, Gloucester NSW. 8 nm northwest of RAAF Williamtown, NSW after Engine failure/fire warning during night navex.
Pilot FLGOFF M.R.Susans. ejected at 20,000 ft and 300 kts with only minor injuries.
RAAF Ejection Number 30.

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A3-53 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 14/08/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Static Display at Nowra 06/10/86, for RAN 75th Anniversary Air Show in 77 Sqn markings.
Finished RAAF Service with 3895 hours on airframe.
Storage 09/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-54 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 14/07/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings on static display.
Served with 77 Sqn.
Finished RAAF Service with 4199 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-55 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 04/08/67.
Withdrawn from active use in the 04/87 when its RAAF-determined airframe lifetime had run out.
It was then used as a training aid at Amberley.
Wore camouflaged 77 squadron scheme
During the late 90's restoration on the aircraft began.
At Amberley 09/01, it was in 76 Sqn markings outside the restoration hanger in an overall aluminum color and red scallops on the intakes similar to the scheme the first aircraft wore when in service.

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A3-56 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 01/09/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Richmond Open Day 31/03/84 in 77 Sqn markings.
Bird-strike, 27/01/88. Finished RAAF Service with 3530 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-57 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 04/09/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Damaged 29/11/77, Starter turbine disintegrated during start. Pilot, FLTLT I M Wilkie.
07/04/83 Controversially used to photograph Franklin Dam project in Tasmania. The newly elected Hawke Government had ordered work on the project to stop and the flight was ordered by the Federal Attorney General to check that the Tasmanian State Government was complying.
Withdrawn 14/10/86,
Storage Dubbo, NSW.
Fuselage to 1CAMD Kingswood.
Exported to Pakistan Air Force 1990

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A3-58 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 03/10/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 02/05/80, Tanilba Bay beach, 9 nm northeast of RAAF Williamtown, NSW Undercarriage malfunction.
Pilot ejected at 3,500 ft and 240 kts without injury.
Aircraft crashed on shore line near houses.
Crew; PLTOFF G.R.Butterworth.
RAAF Ejection number 58.

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A3-59 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 09/11/67.
Served with 3 Sqn.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 31/12/85,
Gate Guard at Butterworth 07/88 in 79 Sqn colours.
First Mirage to be withdrawn from RAAF service.

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A3-60 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 02/11/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3414 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-61 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 08/06/66.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 24/06/76, Off Williamtown, NSW. Hit water at night.
PLTOFF W.D. Vandenberg, killed.

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A3-62 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 18/11/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4234 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-63 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 03/08/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
17/07/72 Engine explosion and fire during run-up prior to takeoff at Butterworth. Written off
Pilot A S Allen, who survived.
Fuselage noted at Warbirds Museum, Mildura, Vic. (parts used in restoration of A3-16)
Derelict fuselage noted in Mildura scrap yard 2013

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A3-64 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 03/11/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Landed on top of A3-26 06/07/76 Butterworth, Malaysia.
Pilot of A3-64 Flt Lt Paul Kaye injured.
Pilot of A3-26  Flt Lt Perry Kelly killed,

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A3-65 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 19/08/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4119 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/02/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-66 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 27/11/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 09/86,
T
o Dubbo, NSW.
Sold as scrap.

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A3-67 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 06/09/66.
Served with 2OCU and 76 Squadron Williamtown.
Served with 3 and 75 Sqns Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 08/06/76, 1 nm south of RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia (75 Sqn).
FOD-induced engine failure.
Pilot ejected at 400 ft and 185 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF M.R.Hurmann.
RAAF Ejection number 47.

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A3-68 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 24/11/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4157 hours on airframe.
Storage 07/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-69 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 12/10/66.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Collided with RSAF A-4 30/03/83 1 nm south of Tengah Airfield, Singapore Midair collision with RSAF Skyhawk A-4S No 636 whilst on finals for Rwy 36.
Mirage pilot ejected at 400 ft and 190 kts with only minor injuries.
Skyhawk pilot (LTA Foo Siew Ngan) also ejected successfully.
One civilian on ground killed.
Crew; FLTLT John T. O'Halloran. RAAF Ejection number 60.

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A3-70 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 13/12/67.
Served with 3 Sqn.
Crashed 30/10/68, 12 nm north-northeast of RAAF Williamtown, NSW (3 Sqn).
Ricochet ingested by engine during air-ground gunnery at Saltash Range.
Pilot ejected at 2,800 ft and 210 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF B.J.Roberts.
RAAF Ejection number 33.

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A3-71 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 11/11/66.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 4499 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-72 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 15/12/67.
A 30mm Aden (Sabre) round was found in the wing of A3-72 05/70 from the Saltash Range, it apparently went off during bombing on the range.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Williamtown Open Day 29/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings performed the solo display.
Finished RAAF Service with 3850 hours on airframe.
Withdrawn 22/05/87.
To RSTT WaggaWagga, NSW as Training Aid.
To RAAF Museum Point Cook, Vic.
Was
displayed outside base building, now in storage.

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A3-73 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 02/67.
24/11/76, to Butterworth Malaysia as replacement for lost aircraft.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3963 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-74 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 13/12/67.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 27/04/72, 12 nm east of Darwin NT (77 Sqn) after Engine failure following birdstrike shortly after take-off.
Pilot ejected at 900 ft and 220 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF R.L. Perry. RAAF Ejection number 41.

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A3-75 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 15/03/67.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 18/02/80, Dowd’s Morass, 5 nm south southeast of RAAF East Sale, Vic
Total loss of thrust following bombing pass on Dutson Range (possible fragmentation ingestion by engine from Snake-eye Mk82).
Pilot ejected at 3,500 ft and 230 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; PLTOFF J.W. Carr.
RAAF Ejection number 57.

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A3-76 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 09/67.
Served with ARDU.
Crashed 03/05/84, 17 nm northwest of RAAF Edinburgh, SA Undercarriage malfunction.
Pilot ejected at 3,000 ft and 300 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLTLT T.J. McCormick (Tracey aka T-Mac)
RAAF Ejection number 63.
The tail fin of this aircraft now resides at DSTO in the colours of ARDU as a tribute to the 24 years of service given to ARDU by the Mirage.

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A3-77 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 13/04/67.
17/05/67 Was engaged in training exercises at 4.20pm when it entered a dive and crashed into sea about 80 kilometres north-east of Newcastle, NSW.
3 SQN CO Wing Commander Vance Drummond killed.
Neither his body nor the aircraft was recovered.

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A3-78 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 05/02/68.
Served with ARDU. Williamtown Base Commanders Aircraft after A3-80 crashed in 1981.
Richmond Open Day 31/03/84 in a hanger on jacks with Williamtown Base markings.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 13/04/87, to Dubbo, NSW, intended for scrap.
Exported to Pakistan Air Force 1990

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A3-79 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 01/06/67.
21/11/69, Carried out first photo recon in a RAAF mirage.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Crashed 03/04/73, Gloucester, NSW. after engine vibrations on low level flight.
FLGOFF S. Groom, killed.

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A3-80 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 05/02/68.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown NSW.
Base Sqn markings 1978/79. Williamtown Commanders aircraft about the same time.
Crashed 09/09/81, near Williamtown NSW. Undercarriage failed to lock into position.
Crew; PLTOFF N.G. Alexander.
RAAF Ejection number 59.

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A3-81 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 22/02/68.
Served with 3 Sqn.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
In 06/87, wings found cracked - replaced and returned to service.
Finished RAAF Service with 3896 hours on airframe.
Storage 06/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-82 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 08/02/68.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 02/08/83, 70 nm southeast of RAN Air Station Nowra, NSW Engine failure during fleet support mission.
 Pilot ejected at 1,000 ft and 200 kts over water with only minor injuries; rescued by RAN Sea King helicopter.
Crew; Sqn Leader John.W.Kindler.
RAAF Ejection number 61.
A3-83 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 18/03/68. S
erved with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4216 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/02/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-84 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 29/03/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
Finished RAAF Service with 4394 hours on airframe.
Storage 05/87 at Point Cook,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-85 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 23/04/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 04/05/72, near Butterworth, Malaysia. Hit a hill during night radar navigation sortie.
Pilot FLGOFF L.M.Smith, killed.

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A3-86 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 21/05/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4196 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/02/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-87 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 25/06/68.
On 03/07/81, to Butterworth, Malaysia as replacement for lost aircraft.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 4215 hours on airframe.
Storage 03/10/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-88 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 24/07/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
On 02/04/81 tyre blew at high speed on takeoff at Tengah in Singapore.
The aircraft was rebuilt and returned to service.
Finished RAAF Service with 3802 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-89 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 15/07/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Crashed 20/06/85, off Darwin, NT. Flew into sea during night intercept mission.
Pilot FLGOFF I.W.Davidson, killed.

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A3-90 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 06/68.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 07/86, to Dubbo, NSW. Sold as scrap.
Tail fin displayed outside Fighter World at RAAF Williamtown

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A3-91 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 12/07/68.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Withdrawn 01/11/86,
Storage Dubbo, NSW.
Fuselage to 1CAMD Kingswood.
Exported to Pakistan Air Force 1990,

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A3-92 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 26/07/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4037 hours on airframe.
Withdrawn 05/87.
To training aid at RSTT Wagga Wagga,
Currently on display at RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Vic.

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A3-93 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 16/08/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 4094 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/11/87 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-94 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 03/09/68.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 05/12/77, 2 nm northwest of RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia Engine bearing failure during night.
Pilot ejected at 1,500 ft and 150 kts with only minor injuries. Aircraft crashed into sea.
Pilot FLGOFF B.P.Crowhurst.
RAAF Ejection number 51.

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A3-95 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 10/09/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
Served with 3 Sqn. Served with 77 Sqn.
Crashed 16/03/87, 20 nm east of RAAF Williamtown, NSW Engine flameout.
Pilot ejected over water at 2,000 ft and 230 kts with only minor injuries. rescued by fishing boat.
Crew; FLTLT P.J. Batten. RAAF Ejection number 67.

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A3-96 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 24/09/68.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Williamtown Open Day 29?/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
Finished RAAF Service with 3517 hours on airframe.
Storage 27/06/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-97 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 24/10/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Damaged 06/03/84, engine surge on finals and crashed.
Pilot: J.F McComick, who survived. Training Aid Williamtown, NSW.
Cockpit on display at Fighter World

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A3-98 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 14/11/68.
Served with 3 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Crashed 06/07/72, 30 nm northwest of Tengah Singapore after In-flight fire (3 Sqn).
Pilot ejected at 5,500 ft and 350 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; Flying Officer John.W.Kindler.
RAAF Ejection number 42.

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A3-99 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 22/11/68.
Finished RAAF Service with 3918 hours on airframe.
Storage 07/05/88 at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-100 Mirage IIIO(A) Delivered 03/12/68.
To 3 Sqn 09/12/68.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Withdrawn, to Memorial at Darwin, NT 29/09/88.

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A3-101 Mirage IIID Delivered 11/66.
Served with 2OCU and 76 Sqn at Williamtown.
On 05/10/78, to Butterworth, Malaysia as replacement for A3-107.
Served with ARDU.
Last Operational Mirage flight made to deliver this aircraft for storage at Woomera. 8/02/89
Finished RAAF Service with 3445 hours on airframe.
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-102 Mirage IIID Delivered 11/66.
Served with 2OCU.
Williamtown Open Day 29/08/85 in 77 Sqn markings.
Static display at fighter world, Williamtown NSW.

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A3-103 Mirage IIID Delivered 01/67.
Served with 2OCU.
Finished RAAF Service with 3343 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-104 Mirage IIID Delivered 04/67.
During first test flight a civilian aircraft landed wheels up at Avalon.
104 diverted to East Sale VIC and returned to Avalon the next day.
Served with 76 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 3348 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

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A3-105 Mirage IIID Delivered 04/07/67 with installed ATAR Engine CAC68.
To ARDU 03/07/67 for trials.
Canopy disintegrated in flight on 2nd procurement test flight at Mach 2, aircraft recovered ok.
All two seat aircraft were speed restricted until new canopies arrived.
To 3Sqn 05/10/67.
To ARDU 03/11/67 for further flight trials.
To 2OCU 03/02/69.
To ARDU 21/03/69.
To 2OCU 04/07/69.
To ARDU 11/09/69.
To 2OCU 12/01/70.
To ARDU 28/06/70.
To 2 OCU. To GAF 09/12/70. To 2OCU 19/03/71.
Loaned to ARDU 17/02/78, then returned to 2OCU 15/03/78.
To GAF 16/05/83.
To 2OCU 28/07/83.
Crashed 26/04/84, 7 nm east of Darwin, NT Undercarriage malfunction at night.
Crew ejected at 3,000 ft and 200 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF J.F.Barden, PLTOFF J.P.Conlon (student).
RAAF Ejection number 62.
Wreckage recovered by Chinook A15-004
Remains outside the Darwin Aviation Museum, NT.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-105

A3-106 Mirage IIID Delivered 04/67.
Served with 2OCU.
During 01/86 reduced to components, later scrapped.

Highlight for Album: Mirage IIIA3-106

A3-107 Mirage IIID Delivered 02/05/67 with installed ATAR Engine 13516.
To 2OCU 17/05/67.
To 3 Sqn 31/07/67.
To GAF Avalon 14/10/68.
To 3 Sqn 18/10/68.
To GAF 01/02/79.
To GAF 05/10/81.
Considered unrepairable 05/10/81 due to extensive corrosion. Converted to components.
To ARDU 16/11/81 for MIR Pod development, after completion aircraft was to disposed of.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-107

A3-108 Mirage IIID Delivered 05/67.
Served with 75 Sqn Darwin.
Finished RAAF Service with 3610 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-108

A3-109 Mirage IIID Delivered 28/06/67 with installed ATAR Engine CAC56.
Status card says at a cost of $1,665,000.
To 76 Sqn 30/06/67.
To 2OCU 18/07/67.
Crashed 06/10/71, near Williamtown.
Crashed into sea on local training mission.
Pilot FLGOFF K. Dale, killed.
The aircraft and installed ATAR engine CAC60 were written off 10/01/72.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-109

A3-110 Mirage IIID Delivered 10/67.
Served with 79 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Finished RAAF Service with 2744 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea. 

Highlight for Album: Mirage IIIA3-110

A3-111 Mirage IIID Delivered 08/73.
Served with ARDU.
Finished RAAF Service with 2025 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III  A3-111

A3-112 Mirage IIID Delivered 10/73.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with ARDU.
Finished RAAF Service with 2350 hours on airframe.
Served with ARDU.
Richmond Airshow 1988 - last public display of the Mirage in Australia -
This was shown in a Chevron book in a photo, we need to confirm if it was at the airshow.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-112

A3-113 Mirage IIID Delivered 12/73.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with 75 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia.
Served with 77 Sqn Williamtown, NSW.
Finished RAAF Service with 2283 hours on airframe.
Storage at Woomera,
Sold to Pakistan Air Force 11/90 and delivered by sea.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-113

A3-114 Mirage IIID Delivered 07/12/73 to RAAF at Avalon with installed ATAR 09-C5 Engine CAC108.
To 2OCU 19/12/73.
Crashed 10/08/76, 1 nm north of RAAF Williamtown, NSW Undercarriage malfunction; port undercarriage collapsed on touchdown.
Aircraft subsequently climbed away and crew ejected at 1,000 ft and 240 kts with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF G.D.Shepherd and PLTOFF B.R.Wood.
RAAF Ejection number 48.

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-114

A3-115 Mirage IIID Delivered 12/73.
Served with 2OCU.
Served with ARDU.
Withdrawn 12/86.
Was held by DSTO at Adelaide, SA until 1999.
Aquired by ARDU for restoration to ARDU colours fitted a test nose cone.
It is displayed outside ARDU's HQ

Highlight for Album: Mirage III A3-115

A3-116 Mirage IIID Delivered 01/74.
Served with 2OCU.
Reduced to spares 03/86 Dubbo, NSW.
Sold as scrap.
Tail from this aircraft on display outside the 331 Sqn (City of Coffs Harbour) Australian Air Force Cadets Building.
 
 

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Rod Farquhar, Martin Edwards and Brendan Cowan

Heading photo RAAF.

Sources:

Some RAAF Aircraft Status Cards
Australian Aviation Magazine.
RAAF Mirage Story. WGCDR M.R. Susans,
Swift to Destroy (77 Sqn History). 
Mirage IIIO by Paul Mason and Darren Mottram.

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Updated 27th June 2016

 

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