French development studio AzurPoly, who created the BD-5J for Microsoft Flight Simulator, has announced a new aircraft, keeping up with the continuous stream of airplane announcements from the third-party MSFS development community. After the unusual BD-5J, AzurPoly is now working on the Fouga CM.170 Magister, one of the first jet-powered French airplanes.
Following on the learnings from the development of the BD-5J, AzurPoly is now looking to recreate this piece of French aeronautical history, hoping to achieve a higher quality standard in what is, effectively, a more complex and nuanced machine.
The Fouga Magister’s development is still at an early stage, in what AzurPoly is calling a “pre-Alpha” phase. Work on the 3D model is now underway, and there’s no information about any of the systems or even internal modeling. But the team wants to create a faithful aircraft and is looking for feedback from anyone who has technical information on the airplane.
The Fouga CM.170 Magister was designed in France in the early 1950s, and is recognizable by its distinct V-tail (quite curiously, today we saw the release of another aircraft with a V-tail, the Bonanza 35). It ended up serving the role of a trainer airplane, but was also adopted as an aerobatic aircraft and even in close air support roles in some air forces around the world.
For now, we have only a small selection of images of the external model of the CM.170, but hopefully the development of this project will continue at a steady pace and AzurPoly will be able to share additional information soon.