Five years after their withdrawal from service in the French air force, a Mirage F1B provately owned by the American company Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has made its maiden flight. ATAC provides Dissimilar Air Combat Training and Adversary squadrons and has purchased 63 ex-French Mirage F1B, F1CT et F1CR for its operations.
The first aircraft to fly was a Mirage F1B registered N601AX, formerly from Escadron de Reconnaissance 2/33 “Savoie”.
ATAC also flies eleven Hawker Hunter, six IAI F-21 Kfir, one Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and two Aero L-39 Albatross. Draken International has also acquired twenty former Spanish air force Mirage F1B et F1M for the same reasons.