Aviation Historian 31
K.Hayward - AFVG "A political problem for both sides..."
The AFVG mock-up at Warton (with a Jaguar fin visible in the adjacent bay). The mock-up was fitted with only one wing, but the general characteristics of the prospective twin-engined strike aircraft are easy to determine. It was vital to preserve BAC’s technological capability, which would ultimately bear fruit in the MRCA/Tornado project with West Germany and Italy.
A contract for one two-seat single-engined experimental variable-geometry fighter prototype was awarded to Dassault by the French government on October 13, 1965. It was first publicly shown, as a static exhibit only, at the 1967 Paris Air Salon. The wing sweep had a range from 20° when fully forward to 70° in the fully swept position.
The first Mirage G prototype, powered by a single SNECMA-built Pratt & Whitney TF-306E turbofan, made its maiden flight on November 18, 1967. After an extensive test programme, it was lost in an accident on January 31, 1971. Two examples of a twin-engined version were later developed and flown during 1971-72, but the G project was abandoned.
Another photograph of the contemporary AFVG model, this time with the wings in the fully forward position. The resemblance to the Dassault Mirage G is striking, although the first prototype of the latter was single-engined, whereas the AFVG was always intended to be fitted with two engines
A contemporary model of the AFVG with its wings in the fully swept position. Note the RAF roundels on the port wing and French roundels on the starboard wing.
AFVG (as at March 1966)