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T-33A T-Bird

No.51-9086 • USAF • Trainer

 

—Air Power Park Tour —

 
T-33A T-Bird Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. T-33A T-Bird Marker
Inscription. Beginning in June 1943, after development of the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, the need for a high-performance trainer aircraft with seen. The resulting T-33 T-Bird was basically an F-80 as shown here with an extended fuselage to allow for a second seat. In addition to its role as a trainer, some airframes were modified for reconnaissance missions.

This T-33 trainer built by Lockheed Aircraft was accepted by the Air Force on April 28, 1953. Its career existed of only two Air Training Command units - one at Wichita AFB in Kansas and the other at Perrin AFB in Texas. It was sent to the NASA/Langley Research Center in November 1961 and was retired from service in January 1963.
 
Erected by Air Power Park. (Marker Number 012.)
 
Location. 37° 2.61′ N, 76° 22.019′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from West Mercury Boulevard (U.S. 258) west of LaSalle Avenue (Virginia Route 167), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton VA 23666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mercury Test Capsule (a few steps from this marker); A-7E Corsair II
T-33A T-Bird Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. T-33A T-Bird Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Langley Field (within shouting distance of this marker); NACA (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Space History (within shouting distance of this marker); M-2 Corporal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A-2 Polaris (about 300 feet away); F-101F Voodoo (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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