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IAC Magister Profiles & Descriptions

Magisters No's 31-40, delivered to I.A.C. during 1939, flew in early scheme of gloss black fuselage, aluminium dope tail and wings and polished aluminium engine cowling. With white small numbers on fuselage sides only. Tricolours wrapped around upper and lower wing halves and on the rudder. Some of these planes were equipped with hood for blind flying training.

Second batch of Irish Magisters carried No's 73-77. These ex RAF aircrafts were delivered in June of 1940. Standard RAF trainers colour scheme of this era of dark earth, dark green upper surfaces with yellow (?) lower parts. Silver dope on wings undersurfaces. Two colour boss and white numbers (shape is unknown to us at this stage) on fuselage sides, black numbers on wing undersurfaces.

Next reconstruction of above portrayed Magister. As we have no photographic evidence of machines from this second batch, both colour schemes are given as a rough guide. This scheme described by A.P.Kearns in his I.A.C. History published in SAM in the eighties. RAF colours on upper surfaces, black under fuselage and silver under wing surfaces. Marking and numbers are on the same positions like on previous picture.

Latter scheme represents No. 138. Ex RAF Magisters, IAC No's 127 - 138, delivered in 1946 were painted in semi-gloss black with aluminium dope on wings and tail. Tricolours on wings, two coloured celtic boss on white square and big white number on fuselage. Those planes flew without main undercarriage wheel fairings and all of them were equipped with hood for blind flying training. Machines from first batch were repainted in this scheme as well, or at least some aircrafts (No.34).

Magister No. 34 as it looks now. Museum scheme mixes early and late styles together, tricolours on the rudder and wings, two colour celtic boss on white square and big white number of non standard shape and size on gloss black fuselage. Engine cowling changed its colour from silver dope to light grey. This aircraft is now displayed in Collins Barracks, Dublin.