In 1947, the P-80’s high accident rate caused Lockheed to design a two-seat trainer version of the P-80C to combat the problem. The T-33 is significantly longer than the P-80 and adds wingtip fuel tanks to make up for fuel storage in the fuselage lost to the second seat. The T-33 was very successful and remained in U.S. Air Force service well into the 1970s. They have been supplied to several foreign governments and some have found their way into civilian hands as well.
78th Fighter Wing, Hamilton Air Force Base, California, 1960
Pima Air & Space Museum