VINTAGE THUNDERBIRD
Aircraft Information


Type Lockheed T-33A "Thunderbird"   
Year Built: 1958  S/N: 58-665
Owner

Fowler W. Cary, Jr., Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina                 
President, CCM Investment Advisers, LLC

History

Fowler W. Cary, Jr., Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina                 
President, CCM Investment Advisers, LLC

N556RH HISTORY: 

 

This particular T-33 was produced in 1958, and served in the USAF until 1976 when it was sold to Yugoslavia.  It was active in the Yugoslav Air Force until 1986 when it was sold into private hands in the US.  Fowler's late partner, Randall Hames, purchased the T-33 in 1990 while it was still disassembled and began an extensive 2 1/2 year restoration.  The airframe and engine were totally overhauled, and the distinctive USAF Thunderbird paint scheme added.

Thunderbird HISTORY: 

 

The Acrojets, predecessor to the USAF Thunderbird demonstration team, flew the F-80 Shooting Star as their first demo aircraft. While the USAF Thunderbirds changed to the F-84 Thunderjet and later the F-100 Super Sabre as their demo aircraft during the 1950's, the T-33 served as their narrator's aircraft and was used as the VIP/Press ride aircraft.  The T-33 served in this capacity throughout the 50's & 60's with the USAF Thunderbirds.
Performance Data: Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft

Cruise (40,000 ft): 450 mph

Approach Speed:  150 mph

Range:  1100 miles

Fuel Flow (S/L): 750 gph 

Fuel Capacity: 813 gal.   


Top Speed: 600 mph

 Pattern Speed:  300 mph

 Stall Speed:  115 mph

 Gross Wt.:  15,300 lb

 Fuel Flow (FL300): 200 gph

 Crew:  2

 

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