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Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?  
User currently offlinebigbird From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7505 times:
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I know that it must be extremely limited but how many countries might still have operational T-birds in their inventories?


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12178 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

I know Boeing has two T-33As they still use as chase airplanes. There are several T-33s/CT-133s around the world in private hands that are also still flyable. The only Air Force I can think of that still might operate the T/AT-33 is the Bolivian Air Force (FAB). According to wiki (I know, I know) they still operate 17 of them as attack trainers. These aircraft were bought from the RCAF and are actually AT-33 Mk. IIIs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivian_Air_Force#Aircraft_Inventory


User currently offlinebigbird From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7297 times:
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I knew that there are a lot of T-Birds in private hands. I thought that the Bolivian A.F. might still have a few but I was wondering if I had overlooked any others. I guess not.


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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4001 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7173 times:

Quoting bigbird (Reply 2):

I think you are correct that the Bolivian AF is, or was, the last military operator.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12178 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

Boeing's two T-33s, I believe are actually CT-133s originally built for the RCAF by Canadair. Their current tail numbers are N109X and N416X.

User currently offlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 547 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6897 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
Boeing's two T-33s, I believe are actually CT-133s originally built for the RCAF by Canadair. Their current tail numbers are N109X and N416X.

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User currently offlineDrewski2112 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6848 times:

Quoting dlednicer (Reply 5):

Don't forget about N490X  


User currently offlinezvocio79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5390 times:

I know wikipedia is not a 100% reliable source, but it says that Bolivia still have 17 T-33 in service, they even show pictures.

User currently offlineyeelep From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5382 times:

Took a quick look at Google maps and saw what appears to be 3 and a half T-33's at El Alto Int. airport in LaPaz. They're at the north side of the airport just south of Av alfonso Ugarte and Av Juan Pablo II. Don't know how old the picture is or if in fact they are indeed T-33's.

http://www.google.com/mapmaker?ll=-1...atary+airports&gw=30&lyt=large_map


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12178 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

Quoting yeelep (Reply 8):
yeelep

The white airplane is not a T-33/CT-133, it is a light twin of about the same size, perhaps a C-401/-402. But the other 2.5s do look like T-33s. The half airplane may be having an engine change, as to change the engine on a T-33 the aft fuselarge and tail is actually removed for the aircraft. The seems to be a lot of abandoned/parked military and civilian airplanes pushed off ramps and taxiways onto dirt/grass.


User currently offlineyeelep From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

The other T-33 I was referencing is the one southwest of the other 2.5, in front of a different hangar. The weirdest thing I spotted was directly east of my linked pict. It looks like some sort of autocross course.

User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4001 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Fascinating place. For a moment I thought the half aircraft was a propeller trainer, facing west and lacking its tailplane. But I guess it's a half T-33 alright. I'd say it's a wreck though and not undergoing an engine change.

Between the two T-33s and the third one on the roadside is a preserved aircraft, nose-up on a pole. I guess it's a T-33 as well, it certainly has tip tanks.

Peter Smile

[Edited 2012-06-05 16:49:02]


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User currently offlineBlackprojects From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 756 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5031 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 9):

The white airplane is not a T-33/CT-133, it is a light twin of about the same size, perhaps a C-401/-402

It looks like a Turbo Commander


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