Aircraft History

Lockheed Silver Star

Lockheed (Canadair) Silver Star (RCN)A total of 656 Lockheed T-33's was built under license by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) received its first four T-33's on permanent loan from the RCAF, at HMCS Shearwater, in January 1955. The T-33's formed Jet Flight of the training squadron, VT 40, and initially were used for jet indoctrination and conversion training in anticipation of delivery of jet powered Banshees. After conversion, pilots from the Banshee squadrons used T-33's for proficiency flying and instrument training. In 1959, VT 40 was absorbed by VU 32, the utility squadron, where in addition to their training roles the T-33's were used to provide support to the fleet. Some aircraft were equipped to tow Delmar targets for ships' live anti-aircraft gunnery practice and they also exercised fleet anti-missile defences by simulating enemy inbound missiles attacking the fleet. The nose, tail and tip tanks on the wings were painted dayglo orange to help ships' gunners differentiate between the T-33 and the towed Delmar target during live fire exercises.

Type: Two seat jet trainer

Wing Span:
11.86 m (38 ft 10.5 in)

Length:
11.52 m (37 ft 9 in)

Height:
3.57 m (11 ft 8 in)

Max. Speed:
933 kph (580 mph)

Service Ceiling:
14,326 m (47,700 ft)

Range:
2165 km (1345 mi)

Max. Weight:
6551 kg (14,442 lb)

Empty Weight:
3667 kg (8084 lb)

Power Plant:
One 2268 kg (5000 lb) thrust Rolls Royce Nene 10 turbojet engine