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


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.


Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Model World subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all Key Model World content
  • Exclusive product reviews, latest news, builds and highly detailed layouts
  • Read 5,300 articles, in a fully searchable archive of modelling content growing daily!
  • Access to read the official Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World online, brought to life with video and additional imagery
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below