Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Lockheed
Markings
363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AFB, 1974
Designation
T-33A
Serial Number
53-6145

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

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 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 10 in
Length 37 ft 9 in
Height 11 ft 8 in
Weight 12,071 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 600 mph
Service Ceiling 48,000 ft
Range 1,275 miles
Engines 1 Allison J33-A-35 turbojet 5,400 lbs thrust
Crew 2