Jul 2, 2013
Written By: Hanna Brandt / Curatorial and Marketing Intern
In 1944, the U.S. Air Force began operating its first operational fighter jet, the P-80 Shooting Star. A trainer was needed to acquaint pilots with the jet, so in 1948, Lockheed modified the P-80 by adding an extra seat for a trainer and named it the T-33A Shooting Star. Nicknamed the “T-Bird”, the T-33A proved to be a reliable aircraft that made the transition to jets simple. The T-33A served the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and more than 40 other countries for over 40 years. Now you know little more about this influential plane!