747400sp
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Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flying?

Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:15 pm

The USN still use JT12 on there Rockwell Saberliners training jets. Seeing this, got me to wondering, are there still some JT12 powered Lockheed Jetstars flying today?
 
Flighty
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RE: Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flying?

Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:40 pm

I have looked into this, and the answer seems to be no (from photographs, probably the best source for this question).

But it will be interesting if anyone has seen a Jetstar I with these small engines still flying. The Jetstar was just an amazing craft in its day (circa 1964 when it starred in James Bond: Goldfinger).
 
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RE: Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flying?

Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:34 am

I saw a Pratt powered Jetstar at Houston Hobby back in 2002 or 2003. I think there also might be one being parted out at AVMATS at SUS.

Other than those, all the ones I've seen have Garrett Grenades on them.
 
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RE: Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flyi

Sun Aug 26, 2007 1:24 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
The USN still use JT12 on there Rockwell Saberliners training jets.

I was at a Blue Angels air show practice at Pensacola in July 2006. Prior to the Blue Angels show, a number of the T-39 Navy navigation trainers took off for their training exercise. The retired naval folks hosting the show told us that these Saberliner trainers were being piloted by retired naval aviator contractors.

I had worked on the JT12's as a PWA research engineer (East Hartford) in the mid-sixties and remembered the JT12 whine (about 16,100 rpm) at takeoff power.

Thanks for bringing up one of my 40+ year old memories....
 
Flighty
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RE: Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flyi

Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:35 pm

Good news!

It looks like Mexico Government still operates this one.


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Shown operating in early 2007.

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crownvic
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RE: Are There Still Any JT12 Powered Jetstars Flying?

Sun Aug 26, 2007 1:56 pm

Up until recently, there was a private one (forgot the reg #) operating into LAS from Mexico, so my guess is, yes, there are some flying, especially on the Mexican registry. Whether any remain on the USCAR, I do not know...