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Monday, June 18, 2012

Airplane on a Stick - Duluth, MN

After watching Grandma's Marathon in Duluth this weekend, we met our Marathoners and Linda's family at the house they were renting just south of downtown.  On the way there, I spotted an "airplane on a stick."  This one is a T-33 trainer in the parking lot of the American Legion Post 71 on Grand.  You might be able to spot it from I-35 heading South at exit 251B.  The address is 5814 Grand Ave., Duluth, MN.

If you stop to visit, be sure to go inside the post and then look back toward the outside, up above the entrance.  There is an excellent description of the plane.

There is a plaque at the base of the plane with additional information too.

The T-33 is actually a variation of the P-80/F-80 in which the fuselage was lengthened and a second seat and set of controls were added to make it into a trainer.  A lot of air force pilots flew this plane as their first jet aircraft.

Notice that this plaque claims the plane flew 143 days after design began.  I'll bet you can't get a contract signed with the Air Force in 143 days now.

Here's another view.

Click on the "Airplane on a Stick" label at the bottom of this post to see other planes I have in this collection.

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