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salthill
05-03-2005, 06:56 AM
hi on a visit to barcelona we used this airport.
outside is an old jetfighter mounted on a pedestal plaque says its an Lockheed T-33. my book of complete fighters doesn't list a T-33 but it looks very like a F80 shooting star with wing tip tanks
can anyone confirm this??
sry no pic available hey maybe its on the web. also it had the nationalist rectangle and diagonal cross on the tail fin
cheers

ednavar
05-03-2005, 07:12 AM
Lockheed T-33

Does it look something like this?

http://www.warbirdalley.com/images/T33-Keppler-inflt-c-01.jpg

http://www.warbirdalley.com/tbird.htm
S!

JG53Frankyboy
05-03-2005, 07:20 AM
Originally posted by salthill:
hi on a visit to barcelona we used this airport.
outside is an old jetfighter mounted on a pedestal plaque says its an Lockheed T-33. my book of complete fighters doesn't list a T-33 but it looks very like a F80 shooting star with wing tip tanks
can anyone confirm this??
sry no pic available hey maybe its on the web. also it had the nationalist rectangle and diagonal cross on the tail fin
cheers

two seated P-80s are called T-33 - easy as it is http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"Early in the development cycle of the P-80, Lockheed had identified the need for a two-seat training version of the Shooting Star. However, the AAF was initially not very interested in the project. The AAF became much more interested in a two-seat Shooting Star in 1947, when the alarmingly high accident rate of the P-80 pointed to an urgent need for a jet transition trainer. In August of 1947, the Air Force authorized the modification of a P-80C airframe (48-356) as a two-seat trainer. The modified aircraft was redesignated TP-80C. In order to accommodate the second seat, a 38.6-inch plug was inserted forward of the wing and a 12-inch plug aft. Fuselage fuel capacity was decreased from 207 to 95 US gallons. To offset this loss of fuel capacity, nylon cells were installed in the wings in place of the P-80's self-sealing tanks. Internal fuel capacity was 353 gallons as compared to the P-80C's 425 gallons. The two crew members were seated in tandem ejector seats under a clear canopy. To save weight, built-in armament was reduced to only two 0.50-inch machine guns.

The TP-80C completed its maiden flight on March 22, 1948, flown by Tony LeVier. On June 11, 1948, its designation was changed to TF-80C. After 128 TF-80Cs had been produced, the designation changed yet again to T-33A on May 5, 1949. The two-seat T-33 was one of the most successful trainers of the post-war era--no less than 5691 examples being built in the USA, with 210 more being built in Japan and 656 in Canada. It remained in production until 1959, and served with the air forces of no fewer than 30 nations. But the T-33 is a story for another day. "

salthill
05-03-2005, 07:33 AM
ok
found a pic on the web here if the link works

http://www.myaviation.net/search/search.php?view=&aircraft=Lockheed%20T-33...

didn't notice the second seat at the time although some searching says some T-33's were converted back to single seaters

tnx all

The190Flyer
05-03-2005, 08:16 AM
They are virtually one in the same except for the 2 seat issue, not much difference between em.