In 1947, the P-80s 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 Shooting Star was adopted by the U.S. Navy as well as the Air Force. In Navy service they were initially designated as the TV-2, later they were redesignated as the T-33B. They are in all ways identical to the Air Force version of the aircraft.
Marine Corps Headquarters, Flight Section, Andrews AFB, Maryland, 1975
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