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EADS Fouga Magister

It was in 2009, after a restoration period lasting three years, that Fouga Magister S/N 569 once again took to the skies - 40 years after its maiden flight.

Thanks to generous sponsorship provided by global aerospace and defence giant EADS, the aircraft will take part in this summer's flying display much to the delight of aircraft enthusiasts in the UK and beyond.

The two-seat, twin-jet trainer aircraft was delivered to the French Air Force in March 1969 and operated as a training aircraft until its last military flight in May 1988. It was then kept in storage until 2006 when the Association for the Preservation of French Aviation Heritage started restoration work.

This summer sees the Fouga Magister aircraft type celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of its maiden flight, in July 1952.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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