The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, commonly
known as the T-bird, was the two-seat trainer version
of the single-place F-80 fighter. Originally designed the
TF-80C, the T-33 made its first flight in March 1948. Almost
5,700 were built before production ended in August 1959. The
T-33 served with the air forces of more than 20 different
countries for almost 40 years. Many are still flown today.
The F-80 and T-33 were used at Chanute Technical Training
Center in the jet engine and fuel specialist courses.
This T-33A-1-LO, S/N 52-9797, is on loan to Octave Chanute
Aerospace Museum from the National Museum of the United States
Museum volunteers have recently begun a
complete restoration of this aircraft, with the aim of returning
it to "like-new" condition. The canopy has been removed and
polished, and the ejection seats have been removed so the
rotted floorboards can be replaced.
If you would like to volunteer to help on this project, please
call the museum at (217) 893-1613 or email