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Italeri 1:72 1444 T-33A Shooting Star Model Aircraft Kit

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T-33A SHOOTING STAR

 

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The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star subsonic jet training aircraft played an important role in the operational training of many military pilots of the 1950s. Developed on the basis of the P-80 single-seat fighter, from which it differed by a longer fuselage, it was easily recognizable for the famous "T" shape with its straight and low wing. The United States Air Force used the T-33 for pilot training in the Air Training Command until the early 1960s when it was progressively replaced by the Northrop T-38 Talon. Unlike the hunting version P-80, the T-33 had a lighter armament consisting of only 2 machine guns caliber 0.50 (12.7 mm.). Its reliability has allowed the T-33 to obtain rapid diffusion in numerous air forces that used the plane not only for training activities but also in operational missions. The last T-33s in service flew until the 2000s.