Boundary Bay, B.C., Canada
Operation: Western and Central
USA and Canada
Wing Span: 38' 11"
Length: 37' 9"
Height: 11' 8"
Max Speed: 580 mph/.80 Mach
Gross Weight: 15,000 lbs
Power Plant: Rolls-Royce Nene 10
Thrust: 5,100 lbs
Rogers/PRA's Canadair T-33 Silver Star "Scruffy"
Tom Rogers/Planes To Remember Aviation (PRA) are the owners and
operators of this Lockheed/Canadair T-33
Silver Star "Scruffy" that is available for airshows, flybys and film.
The T-33 is the most widely used jet trainer in the
world. A two-seat version of the USAF's first jet
fighter, the F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33 continues to
serve in various armed forces today.
The T-33 is an F-80 with a lengthened fuselage to make
room for the second tandem seat. It entered service
during the 1950s, and the US Navy also acquired the type
and had it modified for blue-water operation as the
TV-2. It was the USAF's first jet trainer. It soon was
dubbed the 'T-Bird' and was being produced under license
in both Japan and Canada. In Japan, Kawasaki built 210
of these trainers. Limited numbers were also produced
for export, some being modified to carry light armament.
Until recently, the T-33 continued to serve in Canada
as a target tug and general utility aircraft, having
been re-designated the CT-133. Additional examples are
still in active military service in Japan and several
other nations. About 50 are in the hands of warbird
operators, mostly in the United States.
The Canadair T-33 is the result of a 1951 contract to
build T-33 Shooting Star Trainers for the RCAF. The
power plant would be a Rolls-Royce Nene 10 turbo jet
instead of the Allison J33 used by Lockheed in the
production of the original T-33. A project number of
CL-30 was given by Canadair and the name was changed to
the Silver Star. The appearance of the T-33 was very
distinctive due to large centrally-mounted fuel tanks on
each wing-tip. While only 1,718 P-80 Shooting Stars were
built, nearly 7,000 T-33s saw active service around the
A total of 656 T-33 aircraft were built by
The T-33 entered service in the RCAF as its primary
training aircraft for fighter/interceptors. Its name is
an interesting take of the USAF designation "Shooting
Star"; the RCAF named it the "Silver Star", in honor of
Canada's (and the British Empire's) first flight of a
heavier-than-air craft, the AEA Silver Dart.
The T-33 was reliable and had forgiving flight
properties. Its service life in the RCAF (& later the
Canadian Forces) was very long. Although they had
stopped using it as a trainer in 1976, there were still
over 50 aircraft in the RCAF's inventory in 1995. The
youngest of these aircraft was then 37 years old and had
exceeded its expected life by a factor of 2½. Their uses
at this time were Communication, Target towing & enemy
simulation. The designation of the Silver Star in the
Canadian Forces was CT-133.
PRA's T-33 Silver Star "Scruffy" is Serial number
133467. It served with Canadian Military until 2002 and
flew out of Mountain View storage depot on October 31
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