Watch: Brazilian Mirage 2000 shatters windows of Supreme Court Building
On Jul. 1, 2012, at around 10:20 local time, the windows of the Supreme Court and Congressional buildings in Brasíla, Brazil’s capital, were shattered as two Mirage 2000 fighter jet performed a flyover during the ceremony of exchange of the national flag at the Praça dos Três Poderes, at the Esplanada dos Ministerios.
Although nobody was injured the fighter flew so low and fast that the shock wave they generated broke almost all the windows of Supreme Court glass facade.
In a statement, Brig Ar Kanitz Marcelo Damasceno, chief of the Center for Social Communication of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB), said that the Brazilian Air Force Command has initiated the investigation of the incident and will compensate the damage caused.
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Brazil operated 12 Mirage 2000C/B fighters operating with the 1st Air Defense Group, providing the mainstay of the country’s air-defense force. The jet fighters also known as ‘Jaguars’ were operating from Annapolis, about 140 km from the capital Brasilia.
These fighters were acquired from French Air Force surplus in 2005 for $74 million to replace older Mirage IIIBR fighter jets. France delivered three batches of the fighters in 2006, 2007 and 2008. A
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