The two-seater T-33 was developed as a variant of Lockheed's P-80 fighter. The fuselage was lengthened by a little over three feet and a second seat for an instructor was added. In service for over 50 years, the T-33, known as the Shooting Star or T-Bird, was used by the U.S. Air Force as an advanced trainer and to train pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft.
In the early 1960s, the T-33 was replaced by the T-37 and T-38 Talon in the USAF's undergraduate pilot training program; however, the aircraft continued to be used as a utility aircraft and proficiency trainer into the 1980s.
The T-33 was used by many air forces as a trainer and by some countries as a light attack aircraft.
Type: Tandem two-seat primary jet trainer
Powerplant: One 4,600-lb-thrust Allison J33-A-35 turbojet engine
Maximum Speed: 600 mph
Range: 1,270 mi. with tip tanks
Max Takeoff Weight: 15,030 lb
Wing Span - 38 ft 10 in
Length - 37 ft 9 in
Height - 11 ft 8 in