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Suffolk museum acquires Shooting Star

Photo: Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star 51-9252 at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum. GRAHAM HAYNES

 

Bentwaters Cold War Museum has recently received Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star 51-9252 from the Tangmere Aviation Museum in West Sussex.

The airframe represents an important addition to the Suffolk museum following the acquisition of a Fairchild A-10 in 2016, increasing the number of types that flew from the Bentwaters and Woodbridge bases to two. Constructed at Burbank, California in 1951, the T-33 trainer served with the USAF and then with the French Air Force as 314-UY.

Stored at Sculthorpe, Norfolk and then loaned by Ohio’s National Museum of USAF to Tangmere in 1990, the airframe arrived at its new home this summer. The jet is to be restored in the colours of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing. www.bcwm.org.uk

 

 

 

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