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Dassault Mirage 2000

As a successor of the Mirage III Dassault significantly modernised this aircraft. Most differences are internal though, so the old and new Mirage look a lot like each other. Like the Mirage III the Mirage 2000 has low delta wings without canards, and semi-circular air intakes with half-cone shock diffusers inside. The nose gear has two wheels. The vertical stabiliser is somewhat higher than the older generation, and is also a bit pointed: at the front it is higher than at the back.

The canopy of the single seat Mirage 2000 is slightly elevated compared to the top of the fuselage. Also the 2000 has a two wheel nose gear.

The top of the vertical stabiliser is a bit higher than of the old Mirages and is also pointed: at the front it is higher than at the back.

Different versions

How to recognise the different versions of the Mirage 2000 will be added later.

Confusion possible with

Dassault Mirage 3/5

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The first generation Mirage is obviously the main source for confusion. The old Mirages have a single wheel nose gear, a canopy more flush with the top of the fuselage and a straight top of the vertical stabiliser. The same applies to the derivates like the IAI Nesher/Kfir and Atlas Cheetah.

Dassault Mirage 4000

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The Mirage 4000 is essentially a bigger, twin jet version of the Mirage 2000 with small canards at the air intakes. Additio­nally, it has a true bubble canopy. (photo Michael Teiten/WikiMedia)

Convair F-102 & F-106

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Convair also had delta wing fighters, the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart. They both have the same basic appearance as the Mirages, but have rectangular air intakes. Additionally, the F-102 has a triangular vertical stabiliser.