|STANDARD DATA: Seats: 2; Gross weight: 7,055 lbs.; Empty weight: 4,740 lbs.; Engines: two 882 lb. Turbomeca Marbore IIA turbojets. PERFORMANCE: Max cruise: 444 mph; Range: 575 nm; Service ceiling: 36,090 ft.|
Developed in France, the butterfly-tail Fouga won instant praise from the French Air Force. The two-seat trainer was exported to a number of other countries, and even flew ground attack missions during the Six Day War in 1967. Though France retired the Fouga in the 1980s, the Irish Air Corps used the aircraft as a light attack/trainer well into the 1990s. As a warbird, the Fouga Magister is relatively inexpensive to own and operate. Consequently, dozens are now in private hands.