Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Like a Shooting Star

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star on display at Zamperini Field

The South Bay area used to be the heartland of US aviation and aerospace industry. If you look around, you'll come across an occasional relic from the bygone Jet Age and Cold War periods of flight technology. One such example is the lovely "T-Bird" featured in this post.

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star is a trainer aircraft built in 1948. It's so small and fragile that it boggles the mind that people actually could take this up to 600 mph!!!

In the US, they are retired and on display at aviation museums or outside community airfields for all to appreciate.

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, Tail #90505

I sat down on that bench, but it felt odd having a jet providing my shade. ;-)

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, view of the cockpit and forward fuselage

And they occasionally make appearances at airshow, like the one in this vid:

Pretty cool.


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