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Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

T-33A Shooting Star

 
 
T-33A Shooting Star Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
1. T-33A Shooting Star Marker
Inscription. The two-seater T-33 was developed as a variant of Lockheed's P-80 fighter which had a high accident rate until more training with an onboard instructor reversed that trend. In service for over 50 years, the T-33, known as the Shooting Star of T-Bird, was used by the U.S. Air Force to train pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft and as an advanced trainer.

In the early 1960s, the T-33 was replaced by the T-37 and T-38 Talon in the USAF's undergraduate pilot training program; however, the aircraft continued to be used as a utility aircraft and proficiency trainer into the 1980s.

The T-33 was used by many air forces as a trainer and by some countries as a light attack aircraft.

Specifications:
Type: Tandem two-seat primary jet trainer
Powerplant: One Allison J33-A-35 turbojet
Thrust: 5,400 lbs
Cruising Speed: 454 mph at optimum altitude
Range: 1,025 miles on internal fuel; ferry range 1,270 miles with tip tanks
Service ceiling: 48,000 ft.
Weight: Max takeoff 15,030 lbs
Dimensions: Wing Span - 38 ft 10 in, Length - 37 ft 9 in, Height - 11 ft 8 in
 
Location. 39° 7.111′ N, 75° 27.333′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Heritage Drive. Click for map.

T-33A Shooting Star image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
2. T-33A Shooting Star
At entrace to the Air Mobility Command Museum. The museum's historic Hanger 1301 which houses aircraft and exhibits is in the rear.
Located off Rt. 9 within the Dover Air Force Base. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Heritage Drive, Dover DE 19901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commemoration Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangar 1301 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Byfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); Home of John Dickinson (approx. one mile away); The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Jones Neck (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kitts Hummock (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Stone Tavern (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 
T-33A Shooting Star image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
3. T-33A Shooting Star
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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