Air International 1996-06
R.Francillon - Masterful Magister
Due to safety considerations during carrier operations, Zephyrs differed from Magisters in having sliding instead of clamshell canopies. These naval trainers were also fitted with an arrester hook and catapult strop attachment.
Four Irish Air Corps Magisters on the flight line at Baldonnel awaiting their aircrew for a training sortie by the Silver Swallows aerobatic team, which gives occasional displays with the type. Note the unusual configuration of the air brakes, seen deployed above and below the port wing of the nearest aircraft.
Cartridge start for a Magister on a liaison flight to Auxerre on March 20, 1988. The aircraft was then assigned to the liaison flight of 2e Escadre de Chasse with code ‘2-HB’ but earlier had been coded ‘315-QL’ with Groupement Ecole 315.
Belgian Air Force/33 Squadron Magister MT-30 seen here wearing a special display colour scheme at Mildenhall on May 24, 1992. Although around 16 examples soldiered on in Belgian use after the majority were replaced by Alpha Jets, it is believed the last few are now being retired.
In the absence of funding for any replacements, the Irish Air Corps Magisters are still in service with the Light Strike Squadron and are maintained in immaculate condition, as exemplified here by 219, which was formerly 298 with the Armee de I’Air.
Finnish warbird in the USA - a US-registered, Valmet-built, former Ilmavoimat Magister landing at Schafter, California, on April 28, 1990.
Fouga CM 175 on the deck of the Clemenceau
The second and tenth German-built Magisters of the Flugzeugfuhrerschule-A at Landsberg. The Luftwaffe FFS-A received its first CM 170s in July 1957.
The very neatly laid-out Magister production line seen in its early days at Toulouse/Blagnac on October 12, 1956. All these early production examples formed part of the first batch ordered for the Armee de l’Air.
The second CM 170 R prototype, but third to fly, was the only Magister to be fitted with conventional tail surfaces. After ten flights, it was retrofitted with butterfly surfaces. Noteworthy is the shorter nose differentiating prototypes from production aircraft.
Naval CM 175 Zephyr 21, seen during early deck-landing trials, with arrester hook lowered. This particular aircraft remained in service until the end of Aeronavale Zephyr operations in December 1994, latterly with 59S at Hyeres.
T-24-1723 (c/n 559) was one of seven acquired by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to equip the national aerobatic team, the Esquadrilha de Fumaca, although the type was not otherwise operated by the FAB.
The unmarked original prototype Fouga CM 170 Magister (01/F-ZWRO) is seen here on September 18, 1952, some two months after its first flight. Less than seven weeks later it was destroyed in a fatal crash at Toulouse after attempting a barrel roll at too low an altitude - as this was attributed to pilot error it did little to affect confidence in the aircraft.
Magister L-441 (c/n 503) was the second of four new-production examples to join the Lebanese Air Force, which later acquired a further 16 second-hand examples, comprising eight each from France and Germany.