Mystere 20 s/n 001: Que C'est Beau

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Dassasult's first purpose-built business jet, the Mystere 20, was "born on the pages of a notebook belonging to Paul Deplante, engineering director" of its Bordeaux-Merignac plant in November 1961. The aircraft rolled off the production line in 1963 and set speed records in 1965.

This year the Mystere 20 celebrates its 50th anniversary--and s/n001 shines in particular based on a loving three-year renovation by a team of former airline and Dassault employees calling themselves IT Mercure. This group transformed the corroded aircraft into a restored one--then PPG Aerospace donated Desothane basecoat/clearcoat paint and the STTS Group repainted it at its LeBourget facility.

See this beauty through June 23 on LeBourget Airport's tarmac, or watch this Aviation Week video about it. After the airshow concludes, the Mystere will return to Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace.


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