The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Monday, June 8, 2015
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: The Classic T-33 "T-Bird"
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 featured jet warbirds from previous decades, including the Korean War-era F-86 Sabre featured previously. Pilots who flew the Sabre and other jet fighters of the 1950s likely received their jet training in the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star or "T-Bird." First flown on March 22, 1948 as the TF-80C, about 6600 T-33s of all models were produced in the U.S. from 1948-1959 and another 900 produced in Canada and Japan. The T-33 was used by the U.S. Navy as a land-based and carrier qualifying jet trainer, and employed by no less than 30 countries as a jet trainer and combat aircraft. The T-33 is a popular display aircraft at numerous airports, military bases and public parks, and is currently flown by civilian operators and airshow performers. Several T-33s flew at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh during the daily airshows: