Fouga Magister - An Irish Perspective sample pages
Chapter 1 What's in a Name? - describes the development of the Fouga Magister in France,
the takeover of Fouga by Potez and the failed attempt by potez to start an aircraft
manufacturing business in Ireland during the 1960s.
Chapter 2 First Encounter - tells the story of the attack on Irish troops serving as UN
peacekeepers in the Congo in 1961 by a lone Fouga of the fledling Katangan Air Force and
the subsequent embargo on further Fouga magisters being supplied to the break away
province of Katanga.
Chapter 3 Replacing the Vampire - looks at the various options that were considered when
the Irish Air Corps had a requirement to replace their aging De havilland Vampire jet
trainers during the 1970s, the subsequent purchase of six Fouga Magisters, four of which
were ex-austrian air force machines and in an ironic twist,two from the batch that were
originally destined for Katanga in 1961!
Chapter 4 Flying the Fouga - provides a first hand account by pilots that flew the Fouga
in irish Air Corps service, of what it was like to fly this aircraft.
Chapter 5 The Silver Swallows Story- traces the history of the Irish Air Corps display
team that became famouse throughout Ireland and abroad during the 1980s and 1990s. The
Silver Swallows were awarded the prestigious Lockheed Martin Cannestra trophy for the
best display by an overseas display team at the 1997 Royal International Air Tattoo at
Fairford in the UK.
Chapter 6 Maintaining the Fouga - provides a detailed description of the airframe with
over 100 photos and scale drawings.
Chapter 7 Wind-down and Replacement - describes the withdrawl from service of the Fouga
Magister and the various options that were looked at before the Pilartus PC-9m was chosen
as a worthy successor to the Fouga in Irish Air Corps service.
Philip Avonds - Scale Jets All of the scale drawings and colour profiles in this book are based on original drawings by Philip
Avonds with additions by Radu Brinzan. Mr. Avonds is a former pilot with the Belgian Air Force with
approximately 150 flying hours on the Fouga and is a leading expert on the Fouga Magister airframe
and systems. He has created a 1:4.5 scale flying model of the Fouga that won the Jet World Masters
Competition in the 13.5 Kg class, held in Dayton, Ohio in 2011. Much of his success was based on the
extreme accuracy of the model as a result of over a decade of extensive research and development
work. The scale drawings in this book reflect his dedication. Please take the time to check out his
magnificent Fouga and other jet models at www.avonds.com