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Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:40 pm

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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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:45 pm

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
 
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:27 am

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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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:25 pm

Quoting bigbird (Reply 2):

I think you are correct that the Bolivian AF is, or was, the last military operator.
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:51 pm

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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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:44 pm

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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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:13 pm

Quoting dlednicer (Reply 5):

Don't forget about N490X  
 
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:18 pm

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.
 
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Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:07 pm

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
 
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:07 pm

Quoting yeelep (Reply 8):
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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.
 
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:08 pm

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.
 
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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:35 pm

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.

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RE: Surviving T-33 S Still In Military Service?

Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:19 am

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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