The final preparations for moving the Mirage IV by road to The Yorkshire Air Museum, near York, is now progressing. The schedule planned is a guideline to help follow the progress of the aircraft during the move and also gives an approximation of the aircraft’s final public display.
20th – 24th March The Museum’s French and UK teams make final preparations for the aircraft movement
26th March The Museum’s UK team & Museum Film Unit travels to France. Museum Director to formally sign the official transfer paperwork for the aircraft
27th March French Transport Logistics Team (Albatrans/Sarrion) arrive on site to load the aircraft and the engineering equipment required for re-assembly, assisted by French Air Force and Museum’s French & UK teams.
28th – 30th March Convoy of two wide load Convoi Exceptionnel vehicles travel the UK, crossing via Le Havre to Portsmouth, then travelling via M25 London and M1 to Yorkshire.
Anticipated route is M275 / M3 / M25 / M1 / A1M / A64.
We currently anticipate the Mirage arriving late afternoon of the 30th March, follow our social media channels for up to the minute information.
3rd – 7th April Reconstruction at Elvington by the French Engineers with support from the Museum’s Aircraft Heritage engineering team
7th April – On its Wheels – Wings, tail, radar, nose, refuelling probe and 3 main undercarriages have now been fitted and the Mirage is now standing on its wheels for the first time since 2008. The elevators, actuators and engine re-heat assembly will be fitted today and then the Mirage will be towed into the Canadian Memorial Hangar for final fitting of smaller parts and fillet plates.
Date tbc Formal Presentation of the Mirage IV and official unveiling for public display by French Government
Further details of the aircraft’s movement schedule will be added here as they become available as well as through our social media channels.