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After the disbanding the Fouga-flights the remaining operational aircraft were operated from Beauvechain and gradually withdrawn from use.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.

MT-01

History

C/N

258

Date In

Jan 1960

Date Out

Feb 1985

MT-1, 26 Feb 1985: crash at Grandcourt, stalled at low altitude.

MT-02

History

C/N

259

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Nov 1978

MT-2, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N906DM

MT-03

History

C/N

260

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Nov 1978

MT-3, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at Weelde, stored at Saffraanberg, monument at roundabout at Brustem.

MT-04

History

C/N

261

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Jun 2006

MT-4, storage for the Royal Army Museum at Vissenaken, Landen.

MT-05

History

C/N

262

Date In

Feb 1960

Date Out

Sep 1979

MT-5, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N216DM, active in the USA in Red devils c/s, arrived at Deurne on 03 Apr 2015.

MT-06

History

C/N

263

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Sep 1977

MT-6, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Brustem on 23 Feb 1976.

MT-07

History

C/N

264

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Sep 1967

MT-7, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Laakdal on 29 Sep 1967.

MT-08

History

C/N

265

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Jun 1987

MT-8, crashed at Lustin on 16 Jun 1987

MT-09

History

C/N

266

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

Feb 1970

MT-9, "Red Devils c/s), written off in accident at Brustem on 26 Feb 1970, Technical School Saffraanberg, stored at Peutie, to Johan Bringmans - See also Two Fouga's on the Move, preserved Villacoublay (F.), displayed at Sammler & Hobbywelt, Buseck (D.)

MT-10

History

C/N

267

Date In

Mar 1960

Date Out

May 1965

MT-10, crashed at Kerkom on May 13th, 1965

MT-11

History

C/N

268

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Sep 1979

MT-11,"Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N219DM (ntu), G-BRFU, N99JJ, instructional airframe at Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute, NY

MT-12

History

C/N

269

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Jun 1978

MT-12, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N907DM, active in the USA

MT-13

History

C/N

270

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Sep 2005

MT-13, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N908DM, Stampe Vertongen Museum, Deurne

MT-14

History

C/N

271

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Feb 2003

MT14, special c/s "35 Years Fouga", stored Beauvechain, Vissenaken (KLM/MRA)

MT-15

History

C/N

272

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Oct 1977

MT-15, "Red Devils" c/s, stored, (US Jet aerobatic team), Wilmington (Del, USA)

MT-16

History

C/N

273

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Mar 1979

MT-16, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N909DM

MT-17

History

C/N

274

Date In

May 1960

Date Out

Sep 1969

MT-17, "Red Devils" c/s, written off at Brustem on 23 Sep 1969 after suffering problems with the landing gear.

MT-18

History

C/N

275

Date In

Jun 1960

Date Out

Oct 1978

MT-18, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), N312DM (Bud Granley airshow displays).

MT-19

History

C/N

276

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Sep 1962

MT-19, crashed at Houffalize/Tavigny on 13 Sep 1962

MT-20

History

C/N

277

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jun 1968

MT-20, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Brustem on 20 Jun 1968 after mid-air collision with MT-2 during "Red Devils" aerobatic practice.

MT-21

History

C/N

278

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jun 1979

MT-21, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at IAI, Tel Aviv (Israel), IAF Museum Hatzerim (Israel) as Tzukit "184" (Officially denied by IAF !)

MT-22

History

C/N

279

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

May 1967

MT-22, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Halle-Booienhoven on 24 May 1967

MT-23

History

C/N

280

Date In

Jul 1960

Date Out

Aug 1990

MT-23, "Red Devils" c/s, Royal Techn. School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, stored for the Royal Army Museum at Weelde, Vissenaken, Landen.

MT-24

History

C/N

281

Date In

Jul 1960

Date Out

Apr 1979

MT-24, written off after a belly-landing at Solenzara airbase (F.), on 27 Nov 1978, preserved at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.

MT-25

History

C/N

282

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Oct 1963

MT-25, fatal crash at Mechelen-aan de Maas on 18 Oct 1963.

MT-26

History

C/N

283

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Dec 2006

MT-26, special c/s end of Fouga with BAF.

MT-27

History

C/N

284

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Jan 1979

MT-27, "Red Devils" c/s, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N313DM, for sale.

MT-28

History

C/N

285

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Apr 1963

MT-28, crashed at Genk on 8 Apr 1963, aillerons blocked

MT-29

History

C/N

286

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

MT-29, storage at Weelde, scrapdealer Verreidt (Balen).

MT-30

History

C/N

287

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

MT-30, special c/s "30 Years Fouga", gate guardian Techspace Aero Milmort/Herstal.

MT-31

History

C/N

288

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

MT-31, "Red Devils" c/s, stored Meerhout, Beauvechain

MT-32

History

C/N

289

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Aug 1979

MT-32, "Red Devils" c/s, storage IAI, Tel Aviv (Isr.), N289DM spare parts resource.

MT-33

History

C/N

290

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Jan 1995

MT-33, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at Weelde, sold and stored at Savigny-les-Beaune (F.)

MT-34

History

C/N

291

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Sep 2004

MT-34, preserved at Musée Spitfire at Florennes

MT-35

History

C/N

292

Date In

Nov 1960

Date Out

Sep 2007

MT-35, special "Camo" painting, "The Last of the Many" special last flight decoration. Preserved 1WHC Beauvechain.

MT-36

History

C/N

293

Date In

Sep 1960

Date Out

Mar 2000

MT-36, special c/s 40 Years Fouga, crashed on T.O. at Beauvechain on 25 Feb 2000

MT-37

History

C/N

312

Date In

Aug 1961

Date Out

Jun 2006

MT-37, Royal Military Technical School Saffraanberg, stored Beauvechain, Dutch Historic Jet Association

MT-38

History

C/N

313

Date In

Aug 1961

Date Out

Jun 1971

MT-38, crashed at Velm on 24 Jun 1971

MT-39

History

C/N

314

Date In

Aug 1961

Date Out

Apr 1980

MT-39, "Red Devils" c/s, crashed at Dilson/Stokkem on 28 Jun 1979.

MT-40

History

C/N

317

Date In

Oct 1961

Date Out

Jan 2007

MT-40, "Red Devils c/s, stored at Vissenaken (Royal Army Museum).

MT-41

History

C/N

318

Date In

Oct 1961

Date Out

Mar 1973

MT-41, crashed at Rochefort/Wavreille on 5 Mar 1973.

MT-42

History

C/N

319

Date In

Oct 1961

Date Out

Jul 1986

MT-42, crashed at Overijse on 14 Jul 1986.

MT-43

History

C/N

322

Date In

Oct 1961

Date Out

Sep 1985

MT-43, crashed on take off from Hahn AFB (D.) on 26 Sep 1985, preserved at Peutie, preserved at Hermeskeil (including parts of French AF n°410 as fake MT-31 "Red Devils".

MT-44

History

C/N

323

Date In

Oct 1961

Date Out

Jun 2001

MT-44, "Red Devils" c/s, stored at Beauvechain, stored Beauvechain, Vissenaken, Landen (KLM/MRA).

MT-45

History

C/N

327

Date In

Jan 1962

Date Out

Jun 1962

MT-45, crashed at Maillen-Assesse on 29 Jun 1962.

MT-46

History

C/N

145

Date In

Feb 1970

Date Out

Jan 1997

AA+237, ED+392, ER+392, AA+237 (Luftwaffe), MT-46, storage at Weelde, fuselage to Saffraanberg Technical School

MT-47

History

C/N

203

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Nov 1979

KE+103, AA+292 (Luftwaffe), MT-47, crashed at Thines on 19 Oct 1977.

MT-48

History

C/N

204

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Jun 2007

KE+104, AA+293 (Luftwaffe), MT-48, "Red Devils" c/s, demo aircraft of Lt.Col P. Rorive 2004/2005, special c/s end of Fouga with BAF.

MT-49

History

C/N

222

Date In

Jul 1970

Date Out

1993/94

AA+222 (Luftwaffe), MT-49, recruiting object (blue colour scheme), repainted in semi-trainer colour scheme.

MT-50

History

C/N

224

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

Jul 1987

AA+240, 93+26 (Luftwaffe), MT-50, crashed at Florennes on 18 Jul 1987.

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