Cessna T-37 Tweet

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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.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • XT-37: Two-seat jet trainer prototype aircraft, powered by two Continental YJ69-T-9 turbojet engines; three built (54-716 - 54-718).
  • T-37A: Two-seat basic jet trainer aircraft, powered by two Continental J69-T-9 turbojet engines; 534 built.
  • T-37B: Two-seat basic jet trainer aircraft, powered by two Continental J69-T-25 turbojet engines, fitted with improved navigation and communications equipment.
  • T-37C: Two-seat basic jet trainer, light-attack aircraft, fitted with two weapons pylons, one under each wing; 269 built.
  • XAT-37D: Two-seat counter-insurgency, light-attack prototype aircraft; two built.
  • YT-48A: Proposed development with two Garrett F109-GA-100 engines; none built.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Bangladesh
    • Bangladesh Air Force
  • Brazil
    • Brazilian Air Force
  • Cambodia
    • Khmer Republic
  • Chile
    • Chilean Air Force
  • Colombia
    • Colombian Air Force
  • Ecuador
    • Ecuadorian Air Force
  • Germany
    • Luftwaffe
  • Greece
    • Hellenic Air Force
  • Jordan
    • Royal Jordanian Air Force
  • Republic of Korea
    • Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Morocco
    • Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Myanmar
    • Myanmar Air Force
  • Pakistan
    • Pakistan Air Force
  • Peru
    • Peruvian Air Force
  • Portugal
    • Portuguese Air Force
  • Thailand
    • Royal Thai Air Force
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Air Force
  • United States
    • United States Air Force
  • Vietnam
    • Vietnam People's Air Force

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