Cessna T-37B "Tweet"
The T-37B "Tweet", also affectionately known as the "Tweety Bird" is a twin-engine jet used for training undergraduate pilot students in fundamentals of aircraft handling, and instrument, formation and night flying. The instructor and student sit side by side for more effective training. The cockpit has dual controls, ejection seats, and a clamshell-type canopy that can be jettisoned.
The twin engines and flying characteristics of the T-37B give student pilots the feel of handling the larger, faster T-38 Talon or T-1A Jayhawk. The engines are extremely noisy, as they were early technology jets. The T-37A made its first flight in 1955 and went into service with the Air Force in 1956. The T-37B became operational in 1959. All T-37A’s were modified to T-37B standards. The T-37B’s are being replaced by the Raytheon Aircraft Company T-6A Texan II, which is a derivative of the Swiss Pilatus PC-9.
The T-37B has a hydraulically operated speed brake, tricycle landing gear and a steerable nose wheel. Six rubber-cell, interconnected fuel tanks in each wing feed the main tank in the fuselage. The T-37B has improved radio navigational equipment, UHF radio and a redesigned instrument panel.
Students from 12 North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries train in the T-37B’s at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, and at Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma.
This aircraft was assigned to the 33rd Flying Squadron (Dragons), 71st Flying Training Wing, at Vance AFB, Enid OK., and was taken out of service in March, 2005. It is on loan to HAMM and was picked up from Vance AFB on April 15th, 2005. It is completely equipped, less engines.
This aircraft (number 62-952) is on loan from US Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio.
- Student and Instructor
- Two Continental J69-T-25, 1,025 pounds of thrust each
- 33 ft. 8 in.
- 29 ft. 3 in.
- 9 ft. 2 in.
- Maximum takeoff weight:
- 6,625 pounds
- 360 mph (Mach 0.4 at sea level)
- 35,000 ft.
- 460 miles