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T-37 Tweety Bird Pictures album
Orthographically projected diagram of Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird.
Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird trainer aircraft enters PAF aircraft inventory on February 1, 1962. [Picture courtesy: Hassan Riaz]
Ever since its inception, the PAF Academy's Basic Flying Training (BFT) Wing has been flying T-37 aircraft. [Picture courtesy: Hassan Riaz]
T-37s flight-line. Pakistan Air Force received first batch of 35 T-37Bs under the US military aid programme in 1962. [Picture courtesy: Hassan Riaz]
The side-by-side seating in the T-37 proved very useful for monitoring the student pilot's behaviour.
T-37C, with provisions for armament and extra fuel, was built for export. Both T-37Bs and Cs serve the air forces of several Allied nations.
T-37 is a twin-engine primary trainer used for teaching the fundamentals of jet aircraft operation and instrument, formation and night flying. Affectionately known as the "Tweety Bird" or "Tweet,".
T-37s flight-line at PAF Academy Risalpur. 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.
T-37s flight-line at PAF Academy Risalpur. Nearly 1,300 T-37As, Bs and -Cs were built before production ended in the late 1970s. The T-37B has improved radio navigational equipment, UHF radio and redesigned instrument panels.
Two ship T-37s formation. In 1980, the PAF Academy inducted six ex-USAF T-37s. They were polyurethane treated all white. To give them an impressive look, red streaks were superimposed on the all-white background.
T-37s flight-line at PAF Academy Risalpur. To add vividness to the T-37 aircraft display, the participating T-37 were painted all red. However, maintenance of red-painted aircraft without the costly polyurethane coating became a problem.
The first four-ship "Sherdils" aerobatic team was formed on August 14, 1972, followed by several trials and rehearsals. The team was finally constituted under the leadership of Wing Commander Imtiaz Bhatti, SJ, and the Officer Commanding Flying Wing at that time.
The 'Sherdils' team (the Lionhearted), is flown by instructor pilots from the PAF Academy and has delighted countless Pakistanis by performing at all Risalpur Graduation Parades, the Pakistan Day Parades and at different bases each year on the Pakistan Air Force Day. The team flew for the first time as 'Sherdils' on September 19, 1974. [Picture courtesy: Directorate of Media Affair, PAF]
Two ship T-37s formation - breaking left. T-37s are used by Basic Flying Training Wing (BFTW) at PAF Academy Risalpur to taught preliminary flying to young cadets. BFT Wing has been undertaking the duties of converting junior pilots on to jets over a 12-months course. [Picture courtesy: Directorate of Media Affair, PAF]
The 'Sherdils' aerobatic team of T-37s. The type of formation and sequence of manoeuvres of the team have remained unchanged since its inception: line astern to box formation during a loop, then cloverleaf, steep turn, barrel roll in box and finally the breathtaking bomb-burst.
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