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RC Fouga Magister
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trainer, light attack
instructor + student Marbore VI
2x 1,058 lbs. ea.
33' 0"
39' 10"
4,740 lbs.
7,050 lbs.
308 lbs.
2- 7.62 mm
450 mph
5,000 fpm
40,000 feet
735 miles

The Fouga CM.170 Magister, which first flew in 1952, 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.

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.

Over 900 Fouga Magister aircraft of all types were produced, of which some 50 are still flying to date.

1. Roger Melville's rc Fouga Magister.

1. The rc Fouga Magister from a Christen Diffusion kit built by Roger Melville. Wing span is 93", length is 77", with power coming from 18 to 36 lb. thrust turbines. The fuselage is all fiberglass.

2. A rc Fouga Magister from Christen Diffusion with a 67" wing span and a 49" length. Power can be a 7 to 10 lb. thrust turbine, or EDF. Weight should be around 6 3/4 lbs.

3. The rc Fouga Magister from a Aviation Design kit. Wing span is 120" and fuselage length is 99". Recommended power is from Jet Cat P120, P160 or similar turbines. The all epoxy model should weigh around 38 lbs. all up.

4. Paul Janssens and his rc Fouga Magister slope soarer. Wing span is 62 1/4" and controls are ailerons and elevators. Weight is about 48 oz. Plans are available at the PSS Model Plans Directory.

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2. A rc Fouga Magister by Christen Diffusion.

3. Aviation Design rc Fouga Magister.

4. Paul Janssens and his rc Fouga Magister.