|Year/Model:||1965 T-37B Tweety Bird|
|Tail Number:||EN 322|
|Power Plant:||Two 1025-lb Continental J69-T-25s|
|Wingspan:||33 feet 9 inches|
|Length:||29 feet 3 inches|
|Height:||8 feet 10 inches|
|Gross Weight:||6,382 pounds, Empty Weight: 3,870 pounds|
|Maximum Speed:||410 mph|
|Maximum Range:||900 statute miles|
|Service Ceiling:||39,200 feet|
|Owner:||Estrella Warbirds Museum|
The first T-37A was completed in September 1955, making its maiden flight that year, and was delivered to the USAF in June 1956 for use in cadet flight training. Both instructors and students considered T-37A an extremely pleasant aircraft to fly. It handled well and was agile and responsive. Although certainly not overpowered, it was also capable of all traditional aerobatic maneuvers.
T-37B was the next version, with up-rated J-69-T-25 engines to provide about ten percent more thrust and better reliability in its rigorous training schedules.
The prototype XT-37C was a modified T-37B. Primary changes included stronger wings, with a stores pylon under each wing outboard of the main landing gear well for combat duties. T-37C could also be fitted with wingtip fuel tanks, each with a capacity of 65 US gallons, that could be dropped in an emergency. A computing gun sight and gun camera were added, and it could be fitted with a reconnaissance camera mounted inside the fuselage, as well