In 1952, the USAF issued a request for proposals for a
"Trainer Experimental (TX)" program, specifying a
lightweight two-seat basic trainer for introducing USAF
cadets to jet aircraft.
Cessna's response was a twin-jet design featuring side
-by-side seating. The USAF liked the Cessna design,
especially the side-by-side seating which let the student
and instructor interact more closely. The USAF awarded
Cessna a contract for three prototypes and a single static
test aircraft. The Air Force designated the type as XT-37.
The first XT-37 first flew in October 1954. The production
model T-37A was similar with minor changes to correct
problems identified during the flight test program. 444
T-37A's were built between 1955 and 1959.
The aircraft was always underpowered, and a version with
more powerful engines was produced as the T-37B. 552 of
these were built, and in addition, all T-37A's were eventually
converted to T-37B standard.
One of the aircraft's most distinctive feature was the high
noise level of the Continental J69 engines (licence built
Turbomeca Marbore engines), a piercing whistle leading
to the aircraft's nickname, Tweety Bird or just Tweet.
A more powerful armed version was subsequently produced
as the A-37.
This CD contains several flight and maintenance manuals for
two versions of the Cessna T-37. The CD has been scanned
from the original manuals and retains any colour pages.
This CD contains:
1. USAF Flight Handbook for the T-37A, T.O. 1T-37A-1
dated 30-11-56, revised to 28-2-57, approx 160 pages.
2. USAF Flight Manual for the T-37B, T.O. 1T-37B-1, dated
30-9-59, approx 144 pages.
3. USAF Handbook of Maintenance Instructions for the
T-37A, T.O. 1T-37A-2-1 through A-2-8, dated 28-2-56,
revised to 28-5-56, approx 516 pages.
4. USAF Primary Flying - Jet Training Manual, ATC Manual
51-4 dated 30-3-61 with approx 212 pages.
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