The T-33 Silver Star served with distinction in the RCAF from 1953 to 2005. It was the world’s first purpose built jet trainer and was developed from the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the United States’ first operationally deployed jet fighter. As more advanced jets entered military service, a two-seat trainer version of the Shooting Star, the T-33, was developed to introduce aspiring pilots to jets.
- Wingspan: 12.93 m
- Length: 11.48 m
- Powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Nene 10 turbojet (22 kN thrust)
- Maximum Speed: 920 km/h
- Cruise Speed: 730 km/h
- Range: 1270 – 2052 km
- Crew: 1–2
Excerpt from Alberta Aviation Museum – 30 Years of Progress
Canadair of Montreal produced 656 CT-133 Silver Stars under license for the Royal Canadian Air Force starting in 1953. They served various roles, including advanced training, demonstration fights, communication, photoreconnaissance, armament training, and electronic warfare.
You can learn more about this aircraft by purchasing a copy of our 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book or by visiting the museum today!