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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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
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T-33A Shooting Star image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
3. T-33A Shooting Star
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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