Cessna T-37B Tweet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Cessna
Markings
71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Oklahoma, 1989
Designation
T-37B
Serial Number
57-2267

Cessna T-37B Tweet

In 1952 the U.S. Air Force released a requirement for a new jet powered primary trainer. In all eight companies sent in 15 design proposals. Cessna’s design for a small twin-engine aircraft with side-by-side seating was selected for development and the first flight was made on October 12, 1954. The original production version of the T-37 was considered to be underpowered, but later versions with a new engine corrected this. Eventually all T-37A versions were upgraded to T-37B standards. The plane’s unofficial, but universally used nickname of Tweety Bird or Tweet was derived from the very high-pitched sound made by the aircraft’s jet engines. More than a dozen countries have use the T-37 for training and light attack duties and a specialized attack version the A-37 was developed for export. A total of 1,269 T-37 were built with the last one leaving the assembly line in 1967. The U.S. Air Force continues to use several hundred Tweets in their pilot training program.

Specifications
Wingspan 33 ft 10 in
Length 29 ft 3 in
Height 9 ft 2 in
Weight 6,800 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 425 mph
Service Ceiling 25,000 ft
Range 930 miles
Engines 2 Continental/Teledyne J69-T-25 turbojets with 1,025 pounds of thrust
Crew 2