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The T-33 is the most widely used jet trainer in the world. A two-seat version of the USAF's first jet fighter, the F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33 continues to serve in various armed forces today.

The T-33 is a F-80 with a lengthened fuselage to make room for the second tandem seat. It entered service during the 1950s, and the US Navy also acquired the type and had it modified for blue-water operation as the TV-2. It was the USAF's first jet trainer. It soon was dubbed the 'T-Bird' and was being produced under license in both Japan and Canada. In Japan, Kawasaki built 210 of these trainers. In Canada, the T-33 was designated the CL-30 Silver Star and the Allison turbojets of the original were replaced with Canadian built Rolls-Royce Nene 10 engines. The type still serves as a trainer for both countries. Limited numbers were also produced for export, some being modified to carry light armament. While only 1,718 P-80 Shooting Stars were built, nearly 7,000 T-33s saw active service around the world.


Origin: USA  
Type: two-seat jet trainer
Max Speed: 966 km/h / 600 mph
Max Range: 860 km / 1,345 miles
Dimensions: span 11.85 m (38 ft 10.5 in)
length 11.51 m (37 ft 9 in)
height 3.56 m (11 ft 8 in)
Weight: empty 3667 kg (8,0841 b); maximum take-off 6551 kg (14,442 Ib)
Powerplant: one 2449-kg (5,400-lb) dry thrust Allison J33-A-35 turbojet



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