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T33A Shooting Star - Brewster, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 05.948 W 119° 46.751
11U E 293091 N 5331055
Quick Description: With the Legion to its north and the fire hall to its south, this T33 is mounted as if taking off for a flight over the Columbia River.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 2/7/2019 3:42:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM1019K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 1

Long Description:
It was the Legion, Columbia Post #97, which was responsible for erecting the T33 in their parking lot on July 30, 1997. Bearing tail number 5-29667 and serial number 51-4259, the T33 was built by Lockheed Aircraft and delivered to the United States Air Force on February 5, 1952. Its tail marking indicates that its most recent duty was with the Air National Guard. The tail number on this aircraft is incorrect and should be 51-4259.

Following is a bit of the T33's history.

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
The T-33 was created as a trainer for P-80 pilots. It has served in the air forces of more than 30 countries for almost 40 years, becoming one of the most widely used trainers in history. A Lockheed vice-president initially suggested this trainer, but the Air Force did not authorize work until the P-80 accident rate was seen to be too high.

The T-33 was developed by modifying the United States first operational jet fighter, the P-80 (later the F-80) Shooting Star -- one of the many successful designs produced by Kelly Johnson’s team at the Lockheed “Skunk Works.” Originally called the TP-80C, the T-33 made its first flight in March 1948 piloted by Tony LeVier. This plane was intended for pilots experienced with flying propeller driven aircraft. The design for the trainer was accomplished by lengthening the fuselage of the P-80, adding a second seat, and using a larger engine to increase the thrust from 4,000 to 5,200 lbs.

The first production plane was delivered to the Air Force in August 1948. The TP-80C designation was changed to T-33A in May 1949. The U.S. Navy had a version, designated the TV-2, that was the first trainer used for both carrier and land based operations. Interestingly, the trainer flew better than the original P-80. Later versions were powered by an Allison J33-A-35 single-shaft, turbojet engine, so that the trainer climbed faster, cruised better and was slightly faster than the fighter version.

A total of 5,691 T-33s were built by Lockheed between 1948 and 1959. In the 1950s, Canada satisfied their need for a trainer by initially using the Lockheed T-33A. In 1955, the RCAF began using a version built by Canadair under license from Lockheed. Canadair built 656 planes. Japan also had the need for a two place jet trainer and Kawasaki was licensed to build its own version eventually manufacturing 210 aircraft.
From the Experimental Aircraft Association

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Type of Aircraft: (make/model): T33A Shooting Star

Tail Number: (S/N): 5-29667 (s/n - 51-4259)

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Brewster Legion parking lot

inside / outside: inside

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Other Information:: Not listed

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