CESSNA T-37 TWEET
Title: Cessna T-37 Tweet
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.
This title contains several flight and maintenance manuals for two versions of the Cessna T-37. The files have been scanned from the original manuals and retain any colour pages.