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Canadair T-33AN Silver Star 3 - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 27.485 W 075° 38.649
18T E 449637 N 5034041
Quick Description: The Royal Canadian Air Force ordered more than 650 T-33ANS, produced under licence by Canadair. The more powerful Canadian version served with distinction for over half a century. The last aircraft was retired in 2005.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/8/2019 11:14:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM10XXJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
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Canadair T-33AN Silver Star 3

In 1946, Lockheed Aircraft proposed a two-seat training version of its P-80 Shooting Star, Americas' first genuinely operational jet fighter. A prototype flew in March 1948.

Concerned with reducing the accident rate in its flight training school, the U.S. Air Force adopted the trainer, under the designation T-33. Produced by the thousands, and used by over thirty of the world's air forces, the T-33 or "T-Bird" is one of the most successful training aircraft of all time.

The Royal Canadian Air Force ordered more than 650 T-33ANS, produced under licence by Canadair. The more powerful Canadian version served with distinction for over half a century. The last aircraft was retired in 2005.

The Museum's T-33 was built in 1957 and flew with advanced flight training schools in western Canada until 1964. It is painted red, the colour of the aircraft flown by the Red Knights, the Royal Canadian Air Force's solo aerobatic pilots.

From the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum:


A Canadian-built, two-seater jet trainer built under license by Canadair Limited from 1952 to 1959

A modified version of the U.S.-designed Lockheed T-33, fitted with a Rolls-Royce Nene engine
Known as one of the best jet trainers ever; in the 1950s, became the RCAF's first jet trainer
Flown for fifty years in Canada as a trainer and in communications, target towing and enemy aircraft simulation roles

Canadian T-33s were supplied to Bolivia, France, Greece, Turkey and Portugal
Used as RCAF's solo aerobatic aircraft and known as the Red Knight
First flight was in March 1948 (TP-80C)

Artifact no.:
Canadair Ltd.
Manufacturer Location:
Manufacture Date:
Registration no.:
21574 (RCAF)
Acquisition Date:

The Silver Star is a two-seat version of the Lockheed P-80, the first operational American jet fighter. The RCAF selected the Silver Star as its first jet trainer, but had the design modified to accommodate a more powerful British engine. After the first Silver Star was delivered by Lockheed, production on what was to total 656 aircraft began at Canadair Ltd. in Montreal. Besides providing excellent service to the RCAF, Silver Stars were also supplied to Bolivia, France, Greece, Turkey, and Portugal.

The name “Silver Star” never caught on in Canada. Designated T-33 in the United States, the aircraft became known universally as the “T-Bird”. The Canadian Forces retired its last CT-133s in the spring of 2002.

In 1948 the RCAF chose the North American-designed F-86 Sabre as its next fighter, to fulfil its NATO commitment in Europe. These Sabres were built by Canadair in Montreal. Early Sabres were similar to their American counterparts, but the Sabre 5 and Sabre 6 had Canadian-designed-and-built Orenda engines. The Sabre 6, with its extra power and slatted wing, was the finest version of the airplane built by Canadair. Canadian Sabres served in Canada and with Canadians overseas, as well as in the air forces of Britain, West Germany, South Africa, Columbia and the United States.

Clad in metallic-gold paint, the Sabre 6s of the Golden Hawks were an impressive sight. The aerobatic team used the superb handling characteristics and slatted wings of this aircraft to great advantage. The Sabre 6 could execute a 360-degree turn within the runway boundaries of an average airfield, a feat not achievable by most other jets of the period.

Current Location:

Jet Age Exhibition, Canada Aviation and Space Museum


Transfer from the Royal Canadian Air Force

This Silver Star was manufactured in February 1957 by Canadair Limited in Montreal, Quebec and was accepted by the RCAF in March that same year. For the next seven years the aircraft served in training roles at RCAF stations at Macdonald and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; Edmonton and Lincoln Park, Alberta; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

As of February 1961, when the aircraft was painted red, it was also flown as the Red Knight, the RCAF's solo aerobatic aircraft. The Silver Star was transferred to the Museum in May 1964. Its Red Knight markings have been retained.

Technical Information:

Wing Span 13 m (42 ft 7 in)
Length 11.5 m (37 ft 8 1/2 in)
Height 3.6 m (11 ft 8 in)
Weight, Empty 3,828 kg (8,440 lb)
Weight, Gross 7,620 kg (16,800 lb)
Cruising Speed 306 km/h (190 mph)
Max Speed 917 km/h (570 mph)
Rate of Climb 6,095 m (20,000 ft) / 8 min
Service Ceiling 16,460 m (54,000 ft)
Range 14,330 m (47,000 ft)
Power Plant one Rolls-Royce Nene 10, 2,313 kg (5,100 lb) static thrust, centrifugal flow jet engine

Reference: (visit link)
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Canadair T-33AN Silver Star 3

Tail Number: (S/N): 21574

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

inside / outside: inside

Other Information::
Space and Aviation Museum - Ottawa, Ontario Opening hours Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees Adult $15, Youth (3-17) $10 Senior (age 60+) / Student $13 - Free on Thursday from 4 to 5 PM

Access restrictions:
Aircrafts cannot be touched. There are barriers on the floor that serve to prevent visitors from approaching too close and touching the aircraft.

Visit Instructions:
Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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