Mirage IIIO

Colours & Markings

Paul Mason, Darren Mottram

Date Published :
March 2014
Publisher :
Series :
White Series
Illustration :
b/w photos, color photos, color profiles
No associated books available.


The Dassault Mirage IIIO was the RAAF’s first supersonic combat aircraft, and served as its front-line fighter for over 20 years. During that time, it wore a great many color schemes, official and unofficial, and was adorned with many unit and individual markings. For the first time, the evolution and details of all these color schemes and markings is described and illustrated. The colors of this elegant aircraft changed with its roles and the changes in official thinking with regard to camouflage; the infamous Aussie sense of humor added some striking and unusual markings to Mirages over the years too!

The authors have researched this topic in great depth, helped by access to official and private photo collections and the memories of Mirage pilots and ground crew. The manufacturers, Dassault, have also helped with information and photos of the very first Australian Mirages. Many of these photos are being published for the very first time, and they provide a striking visual record of the many colors carried by this much-loved French Lady - "The old adage often spoken about many aircraft rings true for the Mirage, if it looks right, it probably is right. The Mirage, in my opinion, was, is, and forever will be the most beautiful aircraft ever flown" (Paul Mason).


"...amazingly authoritative, densely detailed dissertation. Contents cover absolutely all Mirage IIIO liveries: camouflage and commemorative, special and spectacular, ornate and unadorned. War paint. Grease paint. Custom paint. FS matches. BSc colors. Standard schemes. One-offs. Zaps. And specs. They're all here. Hundreds of pretty pictures – Mirage IIIO photos, close-ups, markings details, 1:72-scale drawings – pack this production. And outstanding color profiles by the inimitable Juanita Franzi will really rouse your modeling muse. But don't skip MMP's text – especially extraordinarily interesting, informative introduction. Just see what "adversaries" RAAF Mirage pilots caught in their gun sights! Over 1,400 Mirage IIIs were built. And for the definitive details of Australia's flamboyant few, get MMP's brilliant book – before it goes out-of-print again!"

- Cybermodeler

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