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TEMCO 51 Pinto TT-1

The United States Air Force issued a requirement in 1952 for a jet-powered primary trainer, and Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company (Temco) responded with a design it labeled the Model 51 "Pinto." Powered by a Continental J69-T-9 turbojet, the Pinto was a tricycle-geared mid-wing cantilever monoplane, with tandem seating for the instructor and student in an enclosed cockpit.

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Prototype du Temco TT1 'Pinto'. Source : Couverture Aviation Magazine, octobre 1956

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First flown on 26 March of 1956, the prototype was tested by the U. S. Navy, which subsequently ordered 14 of the aircraft under the designation TT-1, to study the feasibility of using jet aircraft for primary training. No additional TT-1 Pinto aircraft were manufactured.

 

Also under development in response to the 1952 Air Force requirement was the Cessna T-37, a primary jet trainer powered by two Continental J69-T-9 turbojets, instead of the Pinto's one. 

That aircraft was accepted by the Air Force, with two prototypes being ordered, the first of which flew in October of 1954. 

Thus, in a situation where Temco appears to have entered the competition with too little, too late, the TT-1 Pinto had a very limited life.


Présentation

Equipé d'un unique turboréacteur Continental J69-T-9, les performances de l'avion étaient les suivantes :

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Specifications

Engine: One 930-pound thrust Continental J69-T-9 turbojet

Max Takeoff Weight4,325 lbs.
Wing Span30ft. 0in.
Length30ft. 9.25in.
Height10ft. 10.75in.

Performances

Maximum Speed 345 mph550 km/h
Ceiling32,200 ft.9800 m
Range450 miles1H30
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Histoire des avions produits

Vous trouverez ci-dessous la liste de l'ensemble es avions produits, avec leur évolution et leur situation actuelle.

Prototype Model 51 - N78856
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Le prototype du Pinto dans sa livrée d'origine
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Le prototype du Pinto lors des évaluations au Naval Air Test Center
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TT-1 Serial 144223 [4223]

Premier vol le 2 décembre 1957. Ce pinto a été affecté à  Saufley Flied.  Il était toujours en état de vol en 2006.

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Pinto 4223 est aujourd'hui immatriculé N556K (équipé d'un GA CJ610)
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Pinto 4223

TT-1 Serial 144225 [4225]

Troisième appareil de série.

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Cet avion a été affecté au NATC (Naval Air Test Center de Paxtutent Rvier). Il a été perdu lors d'un test de vrille.

TT-1 Serial 144226 [4226]

Aucune information pour le moment

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