The Dassault Étendard is a multi-role carrier capable fighter designed for the French Navy in 1956. The first of them entered service in 1960. A total of 69 fighters and 21 photo reconnaissance aircraft were acquired by the Navy. The Étendard was popular with its pilots who considered it to be extremely maneuverable. They were operated from the French Navy’s carriers until 1987 and the last of them were retired from training duties in 1991.
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