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.

Coming up – T-33 Groundschool

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 It may feel like -33C outside and we  still have a long time to go before Winter releases its grip on us but it’s never to soon to start thinking about warmer days and hot airplanes.  This weekend I’m off to the Jet Aircraft Museum in London Ontario for the 2014 Groundschool recurrent training.  Pilots, ground crew and enthusiasts get together once a year to learn or refresh themselves on the characteristics of the T-33 Shooting Star.  This is my 3rd year taking the course and it’s always great to go over all the charts and listen to the stories of those who fly and work on this hot rod.