SEASTAR
SEASTAR

Manufacturer

LOCKHEED

Markings:

Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island, 1970

Designation:

T-1A

Serial Number:

144200

LOCKHEED T-1A SEASTAR

The T-1A began as a Lockheed funded modification to the T-33. Changes included a more powerful engine and raising the instructor's seat by six inches to improve visibility. Once the U.S. Navy showed interest in the design further changes were made to strengthen the plane for use on aircraft carriers. The first test flights were carried out in 1953, but it did not enter service until 1957. The Seastar had a relatively short career in squadron service and most were quickly relegated to support roles. Of the 150 Seastars built only two are known to survive.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in
  • Length: 38 ft 6 in
  • Height: 13 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 15,500 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 580 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft
  • Range: 970 miles
  • Engines: 1 Allison J33-A-16A turbojet 5,400 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 2