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Dassault Étendard IV M

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The Dassault Étendard IV was a subsonic carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft. Étendard means battle-standard or battle-flag in French. The “M” stands for the Marine, the French name for Navy.

The improved Super Étendard was flown by Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War (1980 – 88) and by Argentina in the Falklands War (1982).

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                     Dassault Étendard IV M
  • Role:                        Strike fighter
  • National origin:    France
  • Manufacturer:      Dassault Aviation
  • First flight:            1958
  • Introduction:        1962
  • Retired:                  1991
  • Primary user:       French Navy
  • Number built:      90
  • Museum:                Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum


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