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In the 1970s, America had the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. The Soviet Union had the MiG-21. For France, the iconic fighter of the era was the Dassault Mirage F1. Unlike the F-4 and MiG, which were eventually phased out in favor of newer aircraft, France has continued to employ the services of the F1, despite the existence of newer, fourth-generation fighters, like the Mirage 2000 and Rafale.