Cessna T-37 Tweet
|Role||Military trainer aircraft|
|First flight||12 October 1954|
The Cessna T-37 Tweet (designated Model 318 by Cessna) is a small, economical twin-engined jet trainer type which flew for decades as a primary trainer for the United States Air Force (USAF) and in the air forces of several other nations. The T-37C was additionally capable of some light attack duties if required. The A-37 Dragonfly variant served in the light attack role during the Vietnam War and continues to serve in the air forces of several South American nations. The T-37 served as the U.S. Air Force’s primary pilot training vehicle for over 52 years after its first flight. After completing Primary in the Tweet, students moved on to other advanced Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Allied trainers. With a total of 1,269 Cessna T-37s built, the USAF retired its last T-37 in 2009.
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|Localisation||Castle Air Museum, Atwater|
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The Cessna T-37 Tweet is a small, economical twin-engine jet trainer and attack aircraft that was designed and produced by Cessna Aircraft Company. It was used by the United States Air Force (USAF) and its allies from the late 1950s until the early 2000s. The T-37 was the first jet trainer to enter service with the USAF, and it served as the primary pilot training aircraft for over five decades.
The T-37 was also adapted for various roles, such as forward air control, light attack, counter-insurgency, and observation. The T-37 had a distinctive side-by-side seating arrangement for the instructor and student, and a high-mounted wing with tip tanks. The T-37 was nicknamed “Tweet” by its pilots, due to its high-pitched engine noise. The T-37 was retired from USAF service in 2009, and replaced by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II.
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