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Patrouille de France

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Aircraft Data

The Alpha jet is an Advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft. It came from a joint Franco-German programme in the 1970s, and is still in service in a number of countries, mostly as a trainer. It is also used by some aerobatics teams.

Summary data for Dassault Alpha Jet -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers


2 x Snecma Larzac (2976 - 3176 lbf) turbofan engines.

German Alpha jets and some attack versions had more powerful Larzacs, rated at 3175lb thrust.


French and German versions could both carry ventrally mounted cannon pods for weapons training, but the attack version could also carry up to 5500lb of stores on four underwing pylons.


Dimensions for Dassault Alpha Jet -
Length38 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span29 ft. 11 in.
Height13 ft. 11 in.
Empty Weight7,373 lbs.
Max Weight17,637 lbs.


Performance of Dassault Alpha Jet -
Max Speed539 kts
Cruise Speed420 kts
Ceiling48,000 ft.
Normal Range664nm (Radius of action on a high level training mission)
Max Range2,159nm (Ferry range with four droptanks.)

Updated 22nd January 2009

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