The end is nigh for the F1, though. It will be completely retired by the end of this year, wrapping up a nearly 50-year career that saw the plane serve in not just France's Armée de l'Air, but throughout the air forces of the Middle East and Africa. The F1 could be found in the inventories of countries as far west as Spain, as far south as South Africa and as far west as Iran, where it still serves today.
To honor its long history, the French Air Force commissioned this stunning video of the F1 in flight. You do not want to miss this.