T-33 Shooting Star

Crew Chief: Seth Dempsey

T-33 Shooting Star
T-33 Shooting Star
T-33 Shooting Star
The T-33 Shooting Star on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

T-33 Shooting Star Specifications

Country of Origin: USA
Type: Two Seat Jet Trainer
Accommodation: Pilot and Instructor
Armament (fixed): Two .50-cal. machine guns in nose
Powerplant and fuel system: Allison J-33 of 5,400 lbs. thrust
Performance: Maximum speed: 525 mph
Cruising speed: 455 mph
Range: 1,000 miles
Service Ceiling: 45,000 ft
Weights: 15,000 lbs. max.
Dimensions: Span 37 ft. 6 in.
length 37 ft. 8 in.
height 11 ft. 7 in

T-33 Shooting Star History

Lockheed Aircraft developed their first jet fighter, the P-80, around the British Halford H.1B turbojet at the end of WWII. It initially flew in January 1944 but was redesigned to use the General Electric I-40 engine with 4000 lbs of thrust. The type began to enter service in early 1945 but never really entered combat. After the war, 1,720 total F-80 (changed from P-80 after the war) aircraft were produced and many saw combat in the Korean war.

Far more successful was the T-33A which was a lengthened two place version of the F-80. Lockheed produced 5,691 T-33s which have served more than 30 air forces. In addition, Kawasaki of Japan built 210 and Canadair built 656 under license. A considerable number of the aircraft are still in service today, 57 years after the first type entered service.

As we gather specific history information about our aircraft, we will update this site.

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