Lockheed T-1A (T2V-1) Seastar

A picture of the 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.

Wingspan

42 ft 10 in.

Length

38 ft 6 in.

Height

13 ft 4 in.

Weight

15,500 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

580 MPH

Service Ceiling

40,000 ft

Range

970 miles

Engine

One Allison J33-A-16A turbojet with 5,400 pounds of thrust

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Lockheed

Markings
Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, 1970

Serial Number
144200

Designation
T-1A

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