Fouga CM.170 Super Magister

(IRISH AIR CORPS 1975-1999)

Currently on display in Clarke Square, Collins Barracks

With a very distinctive ‘V’ butterfly tail, where the movable control surfaces combined the functions of the rudder and elevators, high aspect ratio wings, a slim fuselage with tandem seating, and propulsion provided by two Turbomeca Marbone VI gas turbine engines installed one in each wing root, the French built Fouga Magister became famous in Ireland and abroad as the mount for the Silver Swallows Aerobatic Display Team of the Irish Air Corps after replacing the De Havilland 11.5 Vampire T.55 s as the advanced jet trainer with Fighter Squadron.

The aircraft on display – Air Corps serial number 216, Construction Number 358 rolled off the production line in 1962. Originally operated by the Austrian Air Force serial number 4D-YJ, it entered Air Corps service on the 11th of September 1975 and was withdrawn from service on the 16th of December 1997 as one of six Fouga Magisters (215 – 219 & 220) delivered to the Air Corps between September 1975 and November 1976. During its Air Corps service it accumulated 2895 flying hours and 4663 landings.

Approximately 900 Fouga Magisters were built and successfully operated throughout the world by air forces including Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Lebanon, Israel and Ireland.

Fouga Magister 216 is now part of the Irish Air Corps Museum collection in Baldonnel.

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