Lockheed T-1A Seastar

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Lockheed
Markings
Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island, 1970
Designation
T-1A
Serial Number
144200

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.

Specifications
Wingspan 42 ft 10 in
Length 38 ft 6 in
Height 13 ft 4 in
Weight 15,500 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 580 mph
Service Ceiling 40,000 ft
Range 970 miles
Engines 1 Allison J33-A-16A turbojet 5,400 lbs thrust
Crew 2