T-33 (T-Bird) Jet Trainer Arrived Today At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Media Release:

The T-33—one of the world’s best known aircraft— joined the already extensive collection at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor today, Thursday, April 28, 2011. It was transferred from Honolulu Community College to Hangar 79, its final home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird) was the first jet trainer introduced to aid in the transition to jet aircraft. It was created from the F-80 fighter, by adding three feet to the fuselage, a second seat to the cockpit and six machine guns. Used as a trainer, it also was utilized for tasks such as drone director and target towing. The T-33 was thought to have an airframe that climbed faster, cruised more effortlessly and was slightly faster than its predecessors. Although the T-33 was initially utilized by the Army Air Force, a second version was created for the United States Navy titled TV-2.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

According to Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff,
“This T-33 is a wonderful trainer jet. It has been utilized at Honolulu Community College, and we are grateful to them for allowing us to move this aircraft to the Museum’s collection.” The T-33 will be available for visitors to view in Hangar 79, where the aircraft will undergo restoration by the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop team.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

Pacific Aviation Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air conditioned shuttle buses from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage aircraft, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by aviation-experienced docents, and see “The Day That Shall Live In Infamy” through historic films and audio. The Museum gift shop and restaurant are unique in their offerings and their authentic 1940s ambiance. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets and more information.

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