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FOUGA MAGISTER CM.170R

Fouga Magister CM.170R, 218 jet, currently being restored by the Ulster Aviation Society. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

This 218 Fouga aircraft served with the Irish Air Corps (IAC) as a basic jet trainer from 1975 to 1999 and was donated to the Ulster Aviation Society by them.

They were also often seen at Air Shows performing as ‘The Silver Swallows’ Aerobatic Display team from 1986 - 1997, initially having just three aircraft in 1986, but adding a fourth in 1987. 

 

The IAC had six aircraft in their Magister fleet by the end.

Fouga Magister CM.170R, 218 jet, currently being restored by the Ulster Aviation Society. Image by Mark J. Cairns
Fouga Magisters of the Irish Air Corps' Silver Swallows Display Team in the late 1990s. 218 is now owned by the Ulster Aviation Society
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Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

The 'Silver Swallows' Display team's Magister aircraft were drawn from the Light Strike Squadron of the 1st Support Wing, based in Baldonnel outside Dublin. Their international display debut was on July 26, 1990 at the Brawdy RAF base.

The Gaelic text on the side of the aircraft reads "Beag ach fíochmhar" - "Small but fierce".

Rear Side view of Fouga Magister CM.170R, 218 jet - that used to fly with the Irish Air Corps' Silver Swallows Display Team during the 1990s, is currently being restored by the Ulster Aviation Society. Image by Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

At their first and last ever visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in 1997, the team were winners of the Lockheed Martin Cannestra Trophy for Best Flying Demonstration by an Overseas Participant.

 

The Fouga spent many years in storage at Baldonnel Aerodrome outside Dublin but now joins the other two IAC aircraft, the Alouette Helicopter 202 and the Reims Rocket Cessna FR.172, 203.

Manufacturer: Fouga

Model: Magister CM-170R

Registration: 218
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UAS Location: Hangar 2

Served with: Irish Air Corp 'Silver Swallows' Aerobatic Team

Maximum Speed:  444mph

Cruise Speed:  350mph

Engines: 2 × Turbomeca Marboré IIA turbojets, 3.9 kN (880 lbf) of thrust

Service Ceiling: 36,000ft

Rate of Climb: 16.99m/s

Range: 750miles

Length & Height10.06m x 2.8m

Wing Span: 12.15m

In Service: 1975-1999