T-33A "Shooting Star", Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos, Ca
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member WalruZ
N 37° 14.122 W 121° 58.463
10S E 590974 N 4121475
Quick Description: The kids love this one
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/2/2006 10:23:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMK0P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 112

Long Description:
Oak Meadow park in Los Gatos has one of only two Air Force jets that are on loan to the public as playground equipment.

Serial number 53-5421, nicknamed "Shooting Star", it has been on loan since 1974 and is a kid favorite.

concrete has been poured into the plane to prevent children crawling inside and becoming trapped (which used to happen.) You can also see the steps that allow even little kids to pretend they are jet pilots.

There's a very nice plaque on the plane

The plane originally served as a trainer in the Korean War. Here is an article about restoration of the plane.

The following information is from the City of Los Gatos...

The T-33 in Oak Meadow Park is on loan to the Town of Los Gatos by the United States Air Force, where it has been in the playground area since July, 1974. It was manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank, California and delivered to the USAF in December, 1954.

The two-seat T-33 jet was designed for training pilots already qualifies to fly propeller-driven aircraft. As one of the best-known aircraft world-wide, it has served with the armed forces of more than 20 different countries for almost 40 years. Production of T-33’s was from March 1948 through August 1959. 5,691 T-33’s were built.

Span: 37 feet, 6 inches
Length: 37 feet, 8 inches
Height: 11 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 15,000 pounds, maximum
Engine: Allison J-33
Crew: 2

Maximum Speed: 525 MPH
Cruising Speed: 455 MPH
Range: 1,000 miles
Service Ceiling: 45,000 feet

Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Lockheed T-33A

Tail Number: (S/N): 53-5421

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Oak Meadow Park

inside / outside: outside

Other Information:: Not listed

Access restrictions: Not listed

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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