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Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


RaeS Lecture – “Fouga Magister” by Joe Maxwell

SPEAKER:    Joe Maxwell

TITLE:          “Fouga Magister – An Irish Perspective”

VENUE:        Abbey Room, Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.


The Fouga Magister jet trainer was operated by the Irish Air Corps 1974-1999. The talk will provide an illustrated guide to the Fouga, from the first encounter by Air Corps personnel of the type in the Congo in 1961 to the  winning aerobatic display flown by the Silver Swallows in 1997 at the Royal International Air Tattoo. The presentation will cover the procurement, operation, maintenance and aerobatic displays by the Air Corps.


Joe Maxwell is the co-author of two definitive aviation books; The Irish Air Corps -An illustrated Guide (with Patrick J. Cummins) and Fouga Magister- An Irish perspective with (Radu Brinzan). Joe also produces the Max Decals range of scale model decal sheets featuring Irish and international model subjects.

About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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