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T-33 Silver Star


T-33 Silver Star

Picture by Gus Corujo

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star was designed by Clarence Kelly Johnson and manufactured by Lockheed as an American subsonic trainer aircraft during the late 1940s. Based on the Lockheed P-80/F-80 jet fighter, the T-33 Shooting Star first flew in March 1948 and was retired in July 2017. It was produced from 1948 to 1959 with a total number of 6,557 aircraft built.

This Aircraft N133CN T-33. Is actually a Canadian copy of the Lockheed T-33 shooting Star called a Canadair CT-133 Silver Star but using the Rolls Royce Nene 10 engine. This aircraft was acquired from the Jet Aviation Museum (JAM) in London, Ontario Canada where it was restored to flying condition and then ferried to Mobile, Alabama where it is based today.

The paint scheme is representative of the 75-anniversary airshow scheme that flew in the early 1990s. This scheme was picked as 2020 is the 100thAnniversary of the Canadian Airforce although sadly it did not fly in any Canadian Airshows due to the Covid-19 Pandemic causing all its appearances to be cancelled.

An interesting fact is that the Nene 10 engine that powers the CT-133 was copied by the Soviets and is the same engine used in the MiG-15, MiG-17 and several other first generation soviet jets. The copy is so close that some parts are interchangeable between each other

Pilot Bill Culberson
Born the son of an Air Force fighter pilot Bill has been in love with Military Aviation as long as he can remember. After a brief stint in the United States Air Force He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. He put that to good use in the commercial aviation field where he worked for 24 years.

The last 17 of those years he worked as a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER); Approving designs and testing for FAA supplemental type certificates (STCs). He retired from commercial aviation in 2016 to pursue his love of restoring and operating classic military airplanes. He is type rated in the L-29, MiG-15, MiG-17, T-33 and the B-17.