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Dassault Dornier Alpha Jet

Dassault Dornier Alpha Jet

The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a light jet attack and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France.


Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.
Category. Statistic.
First flight on. 1973.
Retired on. No, it is still in use.
Major contractor(s). Dassault Aviation/Dornier Flugzeugwerke.
Dose it use nukes or cruse missiles. No.
Fight ceiling.  14,630 m (48,000 ft).
Top speed. 1,000 km/h (540 kn, 621 mph) at sea level.
Range. Ferry range: 2,940 km (1,586 nmi, 1,827 mi).
Crew, including instructor(s). 2.
Nationality(s). France/West Germany.
Class. Light attack jet aircraft and advanced trainer.
Rate of climb. 57 m/s (11,220 ft/min).
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Alpha Jet - RIAT 2007 (2544737153)

An Alpha Jet - RIAT 2007 Date- 2 June 2008, 17:04 Source: Alpha Jet - RIAT 2007 Author- Tim Felce (Airwolfhound).

Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet A, Germany - Air Force AN1990606

A German Air Force Alpha Jet prior to landing at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England, 1991.


An Alpha Jet imported by Abbatare lands at the Mojave Airport.

Alpha Jet - Red Bull - ILA2002

Alpha Jet owned by Red Bull.


A French Alpha Jet of the Patrouille de France flight display team.

Alpha Jet dos Asas de portugal

Portuguese Air Force Alpha Jet A of the Asas de Portugal flight display team. Attribution: I, Batataxpto69


French Air Force Alpha Jet E.

Nigerian Air Force Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet Iwelumo-2

Nigerian Alpha Jet at Old Kaduna Airport, Kaduna State, Nigeria, 2012.



The Europe nations of NATO wanted a replace such aircraft as the US-built Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star and French-built Fouga Magister in the early 1960s. The result of this collaboration, the SEPECAT Jaguar, proved to be an excellent aircraft, but its definition had changed in the interim, and the type emerged as a full-sized, nuclear-capable strike fighter. The need for an non-atomic ground attack\strike plane remained and the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet was the result of this requirement being for-filled.

ECOMOG useEdit

In 1990, four Alpha Jets of the Nigerian Air Force were deployed in support of Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) forces stationed in Liberia, which were engaged in combat with the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) following an international intervention in the Liberian Civil War. In a series of strikes, these aircraft targeted and launched successful attacks upon Charles Taylor's HQ, rebel convoys and shipping, and gun emplacements at Roberts International Airport; the results of their intervention was judged by the New York Times to have given ECOMOG forces a decisive advantage in fire power.

In 1992, six Nigerian Alpha Jets were placed directly under ECOMOG command, and employed against the NPLF in an extensive campaign of air strikes, road interdictions missions, anti-shipping sorties, and night raids (a task which the Alpha Jet was not normally equipped to perform). They were even employed to deny access to key bridges in order to give ECOMOG ground forces time to capture them before they were sabotaged. In total, Alpha Jets flew approximately 3,000 combat missions in support of ECOMOG, sustaining no losses but incurring some damage from anti-aircraft artillery.

Western Sahara-Morocco WarEdit

Between 1979 and 1981, the Royal Moroccan Air Force received 24 Alpha Jets which were organized into a training squadron and a CO'IN squadron both based in Meknes.

Alpha Jets were employed in strike missions against the Polisario Front during the Western Sahara War, 1 of their number being shot down in December, 1985.

Civilian serviceEdit

Swiss firm RUAG Aviation offers full support services for the Alpha Jet in cooperation with Dassault Aviation; services provided includes recommissioning, servicing, inspections, system upgrades integration work, along with technical and logistic support.

Abbatare Inc. of Arlington, Washington, under the name of "Alpha Jets USA", has imported a number of Alpha Jets into the United States, the firm modifies and sells individual aircraft in the civilian market.

Canadian aviation specialist Discovery Air has a military division, Discovery Air Defence, which operates a fleet of Douglas A-4 Skyhawks and Alpha Jets as adversary aircraft in air combat training exercised; these are often operated under contract for various military clients.

Multiple civil aerial display teams have procured Alpha Jets, such as the Flying Bulls and Mustang High Flight Aerobatics teams.

H211, a private company which manages the planes owned and leased byGoogle execs Larry PageSergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt, operates a single Alpha Jet, based at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. It is reportedly equipped with scientific instrumentation and used for research purposed.

Other usesEdit

Considerable foreign sales were expected for the Alpha Jet, with the type becoming available before its main rival, the United Kingdom's BAE Systems Hawk. The two types, being relatively similar in role and specifications, ended up competing for many of the same contracts. This competition led to aviation commentator stating of the two aircraft:

"What Europe must avoid is the kind of wasteful competition that has the Hawker Siddeley Hawk and Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet battling against each other in the world market."
— John W. R. Taylor, Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1975-1976.

Several other nations also obtained the Alpha Jet E, including the Ivory Coast (7), Morocco (24), Nigeria (24), Qatar (6) and Togo (5). All of these machines were from French production except for the 24 Nigerian aircraft, which were from W. German production.

Also seeEdit

Also see- for an interesting alternate history story (Against All Odds\Hearts of Iron II) about the jet.

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