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Mark Attrill focuses on foreign use of the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, which helped to usher in the ‘jet age’ with air forces on five continents

T-33A SHOOTING STAR

A classic pose of a USAF T-33A wearing an overall natural metal finish; airframe 51-6808 served with the Missouri Air National Guard, 50th FBW and 10th TRW.
(All photos Key Archive)
Many T-33s were employed as test aircraft after being replaced as trainers, such as this camouflaged Luftwaffe airframe.
Turkish T-33s and RT-33s wore a smart overall white scheme, with Day-Glo Orange sections on the wing-tip fuel tanks.

Lockheed’s T-33A Shooting Star was derived from the P-80 fighter of the same name, which first flew in January 1944, but entered service too late to see combat during World War Two.

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