The German Air Force ordered 234 Fouga Magisters of which 194 were
build in Germany. They were in service from 1957 to 1969 and were
used by the German aerobatic display team. The German Air Force
has later like Denmark - trained its pilots in Canada or US on
CL41 Tutor or Cessna T37.
The Belgian Air Force introduced the Fouga Magister in 1958 and
in total 50 were aquired. Fouga Magisters were used by the Belgian
Airshow display team, "The Red Devils" and in "Fouga
Magister Solo Display". 10 remains in service and are planned
to continue until 2005. For initial jet training the Fougas have
been replaced by Dessault/Dornier Alpha Jets. The Royal Netherlands
Air Force trained pilots on Fougas in Belgium from 1962 to 1971.
The Finnish Air Force used 80 Fouga Magisters from 1958 to 1988;
of these 62 were produced in Finland. The Finnish Fougas were replaced
by British Aerospace Hawks Ireland has used Fouga Magisters from
1974 for pilot training and for the display team "The Silver
Ireland retired their last 5 five Fouga Magisters in September
2000 and trains its pilots in Canada or US.
The Austrian Air Force acquired 18 Fouga Magisters in 1958 and
they have used them for their aerobatics display team.
In Israel 100+ were built and 40 Fouga Magisters are still in use.
They are planned to be withdrawn in 2005.
Apart from the mentioned countries Fouga Magisters have served
with airforces in Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon,
Gabon, Guatemala, Lebanon, Lebya, Morocco, Rwanda, Salvador, Senegal,
Togo and Uganda.
In 1996 some 380 Fouga Magisters were still in the inventory of
14 air forces, and the first civil customers appeared mainly within
the US plus UK and France in 1996. In February 2001 a total of 95
Fouga Magisters were in military service (Belgium 10, Cameroon 6,
El Salvador 6, Gabon 3, Israel 40, Lebanon 5, Morocco 20, Senegal
5). Approx. 50 Fougas are civil operated (Denmark 1, Finland 2,
France 3, Netherlands 4, New Zealand 1, and US approx. 40). One
example, from Finland, is flying with The US Airforce Test Pilots
Fouga Magisters, which can be fitted with two 7.5 mm machine guns
in the nose and several combinations of under wing rocket pods,
freefall bombs and Nord AS.11 air-to-surface missiles, have been
in combat in two periods. One was during the Six Day War in June
1967 when Israeli Fougas flew ground attack missions in Egypt and
Jordan it is said that one downed a MIG21 - the other was attack
missions flown by Fougas during the Congo crisis in Katanga 1961.