Potez-Air Fouga CM.170-1 Magister
Twin engine, two seat jet trainer
On September 28th, 1958 the Belgian government decided to purchase 45 Fouga Magisters for the Advanced Flying School at Kamina airbase (BAKA) in former Belgian Congo. The aircraft were delivered as of January 19th, 1960 and replaced the rapidly ageing T6 Harvards. Some twenty Fouga Magisters (MT1 to MT18, MT23 and MT24) were already flown to Kamina on board Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar transport aircraft when the events at the former colony caused the withdrawal of these jets to Belgium.
During the insurgency 6 armed Fougas (MT4, 6, 10, 14, 17 and 18) were shortly used against the rebels mostly from Ndjili airport (Leopoldstad/-ville, now Kinshasa).
At their arrival in Belgium the Fouga's were all based at Brustem airbase with the last trainers of the initial order being delivered by January 10th, 1962.
When in 1978 the first Alpha Jet advanced trainers were delivered, some of the butterfly-tailed Magisters were used by different Fouga-flights at various airbases while 8 machines were sold to IAI of Israel. After the disbanding the Fouga-flights the remaining operational aircraft were operated from Beauvechain and gradually withdrawn from use.
On September 27th, 2007 the last operational aircraft, MT-35, made the last flight of the type after a career spanning no less than 47 years in the Belgian Air Force.