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Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird

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In the early 1950s, the U.S. Air Force was looking for a turbojet trainer and Cessna answered with a straight-wing, two-seat side-by-side, twin-engine design.  The prototype XT-37 first flew in 1954.  Known as the Tweety Bird or Tweet almost 1,300 had been built by the time production ended in 1977.

The T-37 was also adapted for the counter-insurgency (COIN) role.  Modified with more powerful engines and underwing hardpoints, delivery of A-37 Dragonflys began in 1967.  The Dragonfly saw action in Vietnam.  Almost 600 A-37s were built.

 Specifications (T-37B)  Designations
Type: Trainer
Engines: two 1,025 lb thrust Continental J69-T-25 turbojets
Model 318: company design number
T-37: U.S. Air Force trainer
YAT-37: prototype attack version
A-37: production attack version (named Dragonfly)
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