This stunning fighter pilot selfie could be one of the last taken on a Brazilian Mirage 2000

Nov 15 2013 - 4 Comments

Brazil operates a fleet of 12 Mirage 2000 single and two-seat fighter planes that are used for air-defense purposes.

The Mirages, known as “Jaguars” in the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB), were obtained from a French Air Force surplus between 2006 and 2008. They are assigned to the 1º Grupo de Defesa Aérea (1º GDA – 1st Air Defence Group), based at Annapolis, in Central-West Brazil, and they will be withdrawn from service by the end of 2013.

For this reason, the cool image taken by an FAB photographer from the backseat of a Mirage 2000B may be one of the last ones shot aboard the French plane.

The Mirage 2000 was to be replaced by the future Brazilian fighter F-X2. However, until a next generation fighter plane is selected (the procurement of a new fighter jet started at the beginning of the 2000s as F-X….), Brazil will replace the Mirages with some upgraded F-5 Tigers.

Image credit: FAB

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  • Guest

    The photographer is from FAB, Força Aérea Brasileira, not FBA.

  • Peter Wimpsey

    What an irony! A Mirage 2000 will be replaced with an upgraded F-5E.

  • Reinaldo Coutinho de A. Jr.

    Evolution of Brazilian aircraft:
    Mirrage 2000C for F5, years later in 2030;
    F5 to Santos Dumont 14-bis, years later in 2060;
    14-bis for plane A4 paper sheet.
    This is my Brazil where it is important to build football stadium.
    And it is not by 0.50 cents ….
    Shame on you!

  • commonsenseisdead76

    Keep the Mirages, wait for something besides upgraded F-5’s. They’re smoking the good homegrown in Brazil I see!…