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The Fouga Magister, produced in France, first flew in 1952. It has been used by the military around the world as a air force and naval trainer, light attack aircraft, and on aerobatic air teams. Most have been retired from military use, and a few continue on as recreational aircraft in private use.
Some 32 Fouga Magister aircraft were built for use aboard aircraft carriers. They had reinforced fuselages and landing gear, plus a tail hook.
The Fouga Co. was acquired by the Potez Co., which was taken over by Sud-Aviation, and eventually acquired by Aerospatiale.
Perhaps the most distinguishing features of the Fouga Magister are its appealing fuselage shape, blended wing tip tanks, and V-tail. Its airframe is capable of withstanding five and a half times plus, and three times minus, the forces of gravity. It can be rolled at over 200 d.p.s., and can be flown inverted for over half a minute without suffering from engine fuel starvation.
The aircraft is equipped with effective speed brakes to allow quick loss of altitude without a gain in air speed. Stall speed is comfortable, for a 450+ mph jet, at 89 mph. Its engines are located close to the fuselage center line for easy single engine handling should one fail. There are switches on the throttle and control stick so that pilots can operate the speed brakes and trim tabs without removing their hands.
Visibility for the student from the front seat of the Fouga Magister is excellent. However, in the rear of the aircraft, the instructor uses a periscope to see over the front seat. Seating accommodations are excellent, even for large pilots.
In addition to training, Fouga Magister aircraft were equipped for light attack. They could be armed with one or two .30 cal. machine guns in the nose, missiles, rockets, and bombs.
Later Fouga Magister aircraft were fitted with engines producing nearly 40 percent more thrust than the originals. These aircraft could carry a heavier payload, had better climb, and speed.
Israel produced a total of 36 Fouga Magister aircraft under license. They were used primarily as training aircraft.
During the first days of the 1967 Six Day war the Fouga Magister was used by Israel as a ground attack aircraft, attacking targets in Egypt while Israeli fighter jets were engaging Arab air bases.
Fouga Magister aircraft again saw action for israel when they attacked Jordanian troops and armor on the West bank. It was during these attacks that six aircraft were lost.
The Salvadorian Air Force acquired twelve Fouga Magister aircraft as trainers and light attack aircraft. They were used by the government against rebels in the Salvadoran Civil War.
Over 900 Fouga Magister aircraft of all types were produced, of which some 50 are still flying to date.
The Fouga Magister from Altecare has a 10 foot wingspan. It has a composite molded fuselage with molded epoxy carbon wings. It needs a turbine engine with from 22 to 35 lbs. of thrust. Weight upon completion should be about 39 lbs.
Ducted Fans has a Fouga Magister with a wingspan of 60" that is 49 1/2" long. It has a glass fibre fuselage with obechi over balsa wings. From 70 mm to 85 mm EDF units can power it. It weighs around 4 3/4 lbs.
That's Wim Reynders with his Philip Avonds Fouga Magister. Its wingspan is 106" and length is 88". The fuselage is carbon reinforced epoxy glass and the wings are balsa built up and sheeted. It has scale retractable landing gear. You will need a jet turbine engine putting out from 18 to 22 ft. lbs. of thrust. The Fouga Magister should weigh in at around 30 lbs.
The Fouga Magister from a Christen Diffusion kit built by Roger Melville has a wingspan of 93", with a length of 77". Power comes from a single 18 to 36 lb. thrust turbine. The fuselage is all fiberglass.
The Fouga Magister shown immediately above from Christen Diffusion has a 67" wingspan and a 49" length. Power can be a 7 to 10 lb. thrust turbine, or EDF unit. Weight should be around 6 3/4 lbs.
The Fouga Magister from an Aviation Design kit has a wingspan of 120" and fuselage length of 99". Recommended power is from Jet Cat P120, P160 or similar turbines. The all epoxy aircraft should weigh around 38 lbs. all up.
Paul Janssens is pictured above with his rc Fouga Magister slope soarer. Wingspan is 62 1/4" and controls are ailerons and elevators. Weight is about 48 oz. Plans are available at the PSS Model Plans Directory.