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TEMCO model 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.

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

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.

Caractéristiques du Pinto

ConstructeurTemco Aircraft
TypeBiplace d'entraiement à réaction
1er vol 26 mars 1955
Nb. construits14


ConstructeurContinental (Turboméca)
MoteurJ69-T-9(Marboré II)
Puissance417 kgp930 lb


Wing Span9,98 m32ft 9in
Length9,15 m30ft
Height2,99 m9ft 9.5in


Masse à vide1,327 kg2,925 lbs.
charge utile724 kg1,596 lb
Masse max2,051 kg4521 lb


Maximum Speed 475 km.h295 mph
Crusing speed394 km.h245 mph
Service ceiling28,000 ft.8 535 m
Range725 km450 miles

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

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.

TT-1 Serial 144225 [4225]

Troisième appareil de série.

TT-1 Serial 144226 [4226]

Aucune information pour le moment