The Mirage III interceptor is one of the best-known aircraft of the 1960s and ‘70s. A Mirage IIIE prototype first flew on 05 April 1961, and the type’s operational life started in January 1964. The French Air Force took delivery of 453 aircraft of the type. The Mirage IIIE also was exported to Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon, Libya, Spain, Pakistan, Switzerland and South Africa. It was used in several local conflicts and wars.