Lockheed T-33 Silver Star

Canadair (Lockheed) T-33 Silver Star

A variant of Lockheed's F80 "Shooting Star" the T33A was the most widely used tandem two-seat advanced trainer in the world. The prototype flew for the first time on March 22, 1948.

The aircraft was supplied to the air arms of some twenty-five countries, and built under licence in Japan by Kawasaki, (210 machines) and in Canada by Canadair as the CL-30 Silver Star T-33AN, (656 examples). The Silver Star Mks. 2 and 3 differed from the U.S. manufactured T-33A in being powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene 10 turbojet. The parent company had manufactured a total of 5,691 T-33A and T-33B trainers when the last was delivered in August 1959.

Canadair was given a contract in September 1951 to manufacture the T-33 with the first flight being in December 1952. T-33's were used as trainers with the RCAF in the 1950's and 60's. Canada gave T-33s to Bolivia, France, Greece, Portugal and Turkey under the Mutual Aid programme.

RCAF 21487 was used at Gimli, Manitoba for RCAF and NATO pilot training until retired in 1967.

Donated to the Canadian Museum of Flight by Northwest Industries in 1977, with only 1067 hours total time, CMF's T33 lacks an engine, instruments and cockpit furnishings.

Technical Details:

Serial T33-487, RCAF 21487
Manufactured: 1955
Engine: 5,100 lb (2,315 kg) thrust Rolls-Royce Nene 10 turbojet
Maximum speed: Mach .787, 600 mph (960 km/h)
Empty weight: 8,440 lb (3,832 kg)
Loaded weight: 18,400 lb (8,217 kg)
Span: 37 ft 7 in (11.48 m) without tip tanks
Length: 37 ft 9 in (11.49 m)
Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.6 m)
Wing area: 238 sq ft (22.11 sq m)