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Cessna T-37 Tweet Jet Aircraft Trainer (1957)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 9/8/2009

The T-37 Tweet, or 'Tweetie Bird' was the principle USAF jet trainer till recently.

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Specifications for the
Cessna T-37 Tweet
Jet Aircraft Trainer


Focus Model: Cessna T-37 Tweet
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1957
Production: Not Available


Crew: 2


Length: 29.27ft (8.92m)
Width: 33.79ft (10.30m)
Height: 9.19ft (2.80m)
Weight (Empty): 3,869lbs (1,755kg)
Weight (MTOW): 6,598lbs (2,993kg)


Powerplant: 2 x Continental J69-T-25 turbojet engines delivering 1,025lbs of thrust each.


Maximum Speed: 425mph (684kmh; 369kts)
Maximum Range: 932miles (1,500km)
Service Ceiling: 39,199ft (11,948m; 7.4miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,370 feet per minute (1,027m/min)


Hardpoints: 2
Armament Suite:
None for trainer versions.

2 x 250lb Iron Bombs ("C" export model)


Variants:
Model 318 - Cessna project competition designation.


XT-37 - Prototype designation based on Model 318.

T-37A - First production model featuring 2 x Continental J69-T-9 turbojets of which 534 produced.

T-37B - Featured more powerful J69-T-5 powerplants, provisioning for wing tip fuel tanks and improved avionic systems.

T-37C - Produced for export; Addition of underwing hardpoints.


Operators:
Columbia, Germany, Greece, Pakistan, Turkey and the United States of America.