48th Scale Lockheed Martin T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star
Just completed this Academy kit OOB for a Gatormodelers display of Florida aircraft
that will be in the main library for the month of November here in Gainesville Florida.
One of the most well-known jet fighters and trainers in the history of the
US Air Force, the T-33A and its variants enjoyed a long service history
in the United States. The T-33A Shooting Star (or T-Bird) was produced
by Lockheed. Originally designated the TF-80C Shooting Star, a design
stemming from the famed Lockheed “Skunk Works” and the work of
Kelly Johnson, the T-33A proved itself as a durable and rugged aircraft
that truly stood the test of time. The T-33A made its first flight on 22 March
1948, with U.S. production taking place from 1948 to 1959. Despite its
age, the T-33A remains in service worldwide. Several T-33s were
assigned to US Air National Guard units, including Florida, to be
used as proficiency trainers and practice “bogey” aircraft.
Though the Academy kit is not flawless, it was a nice kit nonetheless.
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