71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Oklahoma, 1989



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In 1952 the U.S. Air Force released a requirement for a new jet powered primary trainer. In all eight companies sent in 15 design proposals. Cessna's design for a small twin-engine aircraft with side-by-side seating was selected for development and the first flight was made on October 12, 1954. The original production version of the T-37 was considered to be underpowered, but later versions with a new engine corrected this. Eventually all T-37A versions were upgraded to T-37B standards. The plane's unofficial, but universally used nickname of Tweety Bird or Tweet was derived from the very high-pitched sound made by the aircraft's jet engines. More than a dozen countries have use the T-37 for training and light attack duties and a specialized attack version the A-37 was developed for export. A total of 1,269 T-37 were built with the last one leaving the assembly line in 1967. The U.S. Air Force continues to use several hundred Tweets in their pilot training program.


  • Wingspan: 33 ft 10 in
  • Length: 29 ft 3 in
  • Height: 9 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 6,800 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 425 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft
  • Range: 930 miles
  • Engines: 2 Continental/Teledyne J69-T-25 turbojets with 1,025 pounds of t
  • Crew: 2