SHOOTING STAR

Manufacturer:

LOCKHEED

Markings:

363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AFB, 1974

Designation:

T-33A

Serial Number:

53-6145

LOCKHEED T-33A SHOOTING STAR

In 1947, the P-80s high accident rate caused Lockheed to design a two-seat trainer version of the P-80C to combat the problem. The T-33 is significantly longer than the P-80 and adds wingtip fuel tanks to make up for fuel storage in the fuselage lost to the second seat. The T-33 was very successful and remained in U.S. Air Force service well into the 1970s. They have been supplied to several foreign governments and some have found their way into civilian hands as well.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 38 ft 10 in
  • Length: 37 ft 9 in
  • Height: 11 ft 8 in
  • Weight: 12,071 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 600 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 48,000 ft
  • Range: 1,275 miles
  • Engines: 1 Allison J33-A-35 turbojet 5,400 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 2