Today In Aviation History – March 22, 1948 – First Flight – Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

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March 22, 1948.  First flight of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. The T-Bird was based on the Kelly Johnson designed P-80 as a primary trainer and over 6,500 were built including 656 built in Canada by Canadair and designated as the CT-133 Silver Star.

 

Most T-33’s still flying are Canadair built aircraft which were equipped with the more powerful Rolls Royce Nene engine.

The top picture is from the Sun ‘n Fun campus in Lakeland Florida.  The second picture is the CT-133 “Mako Shark” flown by the Jet Aircraft Museum in London Canada.  JAM has a number of T-birds in the process of being restored to flying condition and/or static display.