Paul Keppeler’s T-33 Jet Trainer


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History:
History: The T-33 was 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 USAFs 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.

Until recently, the T-33 continued to serve in Canada as a target tug and general utility aircraft, having been re-designated the CT-133. Additional examples are still in active military service in Japan and several other nations. About 50 are in the hands of warbird operators, mostly in the United States.

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Specifications

Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N433RD 1957
Aircraft Role Nickname
Trainer T-Bird
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
Canadair T-33 Mk III 38’10″
Overall length: Empty weight:
37’9″ 9295
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
16,800 813 gallons
Oil capacity Engine type:
Rolls Royce Nene 10
Propeller type: Max Speed
505 knots indicated/.80 mach
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
4000 fpm .70 mach
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
44,000′ 2
Armament Bomb Load
Two .50 caliber machine guns, rockets, bombs
Number Built Number Surviving
656 by Canadair Limited

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Restoration
In 1997, while in service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, this aircraft went through an extensive ground-up Depot-Level repair and resoration of all structures, systems along with updated instruments and avionics. The total cost at the time approached $1 million USD.


Restoration Images

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