A new Mystère 20 A group of former airline and Dassault employees called IT Mercure (because their first job had been to resuscitate one of Air Inter’s Mercure airplanes – a Dassault airliner) came across Mystère 20 s/n 001 in 2010. By the time they received the aircraft, it was in dreadful shape. The team knew it would take a long time to tackle the devastation wreaked by corrosion on the fuselage and interior of the aircraft. They set a goal. In 2013, Dassault will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mystère 20. They had to be done by then. The engine pylons were the worst victims of corrosion. The IT Mercure team machined out the corroded parts and replaced them with aluminum and composite sheets. The engine cowling looked to be in slightly better shape, but looks can be deceiving. The interior was also totally corroded. They were sanded inside and out and then repaired by hand. The windows were nearly opaque at this point. And because s/n 001 was a prototype, the windows were not all the same. The windows were restored by a young woman of Polish descent, an example, says the IT Mercure team, of how the passion for beautiful aircraft transcends age, and in this case, geography. The airbrakes had to be completely removed for a full repair and restoration. Smooth composite was used to replace the corroded portions, and the rough and rusted surface was buffed and painted back to life. The wings were eaten nearly clean through, and they too were put through the arduous process of being brought back to life by hand. Three years later, the airplane is completely restored. A few weeks ago, the final touch was applied with the exterior paint and the Mystère 20 was given back its famous blue, white and red livery. Congratulations to the IT Mercure group for the incredible job and for bringing back to life another aeronautical legend.