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June 2002

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December 2002

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  • Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

Manuals & Photos

  • A-37A Preliminary Flight Manual, 1968
  • A-37B Flight Manual, 1971
  • T-37B Flight Manual, 1984
  • T-37A Flight Handbook, 1957
  • T-37B Flight Manual, 1958
  • T-37A Maintenance Manuals, 1959
  • T-37 History & Development
  • T-37 Cessna Brochure
  • USAF Primary Jet Flying Manual
  • 73 Cessna A-37 Dragonfly photos

Cessna A-37 Dragonfly / T-37 Tweet

General Characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 28 ft 3.25 in (8.617 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 10.5 in (10.935 m) (over tip tanks)
  • Height: 8 ft 10.5 in (2.705 m)
  • Wing area: 183.9 sq ft (17.08 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.2:1
  • Airfoil: NACA 2418 (modified) at root, NACA 2412 (modified) at tip
  • Empty weight: 6,211 lb (2,817 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 507 US gal (422 imp gal; 1,920 L) usable internal fuel (including tip tanks)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-17A turbojet, 2,850 lbf (12.7 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 507 mph (816 km/h, 441 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 489 mph (787 km/h, 425 kn) (max. cruise)
  • Stall speed: 113 mph (182 km/h, 98 kn) at maximum landing weight, wheels and flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 524 mph (843 km/h, 455 kn)
  • Combat range: 460 mi (740 km, 400 nmi) (with maximum payload)
  • Ferry range: 1,012 mi (1,629 km, 879 nmi) (with 4× 100 US gal (83 imp gal; 380 L) drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 41,765 ft (12,730 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,990 ft/min (35.5 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 × 7.62 mm GAU-2B/A minigun in nose
    • Provision for SUU-11/A gun pods under wings
  • Hardpoints: 8 with a capacity of Inner four: 860 lb (390 kg), two intermediate: 600 lb (270 kg), two outer: 500 lb (230 kg),
  • Rockets: LAU-3/A rocket pods
  • Bombs:
    • 250 lb (110 kg) Mark 81, 500 lb (230 kg) Mark 82 or 750 lb (340 kg) M117 bombs
    • BLU-32B or BLU-1C/B fire bombs
    • CBU-12, CBU-22 or CBU-24 cluster bombs

A-37 Variants

YAT-37D
Two former T-37C trainer prototypes converted for counter-insurgency operations with two J-85-GE engines and six underwing pylons as prototypes for the A-37 series, redesignated YA-37A.

YA-37A
Two YAT-37D prototypes redesignated.

A-37A
(Cessna Model 318D) T-37B rebuilt with two J-85-GE-5 engines, a 7.62 mm Minigun in nose and eight underwing stores pylons, 39 conversions.

A-37B
(Cessna Model 318E) Production version with two J-85-GE-17A engines, provision for inflight refuelling, increased fuel capacity and strengthened airframe, 577 built.

OA-37B
The OA-37B Dragonfly was an armed observation aircraft developed during the Vietnam War.


A-37 On Display

Australia

A-37B Dragonfly
  • 68-10779 – Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales.
  • 68-10805 – Temora Aviation Museum in New South Wales.

Chile

A-37B Dragonfly
  • FACh 629 – Chile’s National Aviation Museum in Santiago.

Colombia

A-37B Dragonfly
  • FAC-2171 (ex-USAF 71-0370) – Museo Militar Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia

New Zealand

A-37B Dragonfly
  • Classic Flyers Museum in Mount Maunganui; one of the two has been restored to flying condition

Poland

A-37B Dragonfly
  • Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków donated by Vietnam People’s Air Force in 1978 with 2 F-5 (1 F-5A and 1 F-5E) for aeronautical re-engineering projects.

Thailand

A-37B Dragonfly
  • Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Don Mueang, Bangkok.

United States

YA-37A Dragonfly
  • 62-5951 – National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. This aircraft, one of two YAT-37Ds, was retired to the museum in December 1964. In August 1966 it was recalled to active service for final testing of the A-37 design. The aircraft was retired to the museum for a second time in July 1970 as the YA-37A.
A-37A Dragonfly
  • 67-14525 – Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Warner Robins, Georgia.
A-37B Dragonfly
  • 67-14790 – Lackland Static Airplane Display at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas
  • 69-6439 – Stonehenge Air Museum, Fortine, Montana.
  • 71-0790 – March Field Air Museum, Riverside, California.
OA-37B Dragonfly
  • 70-1293 – Memorial Air Park at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

Vietnam

A-37B Dragonfly
  • 67-14529 – Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum, Hanoi

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 99.3 in (12.581 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
  • Wing area: 201 sq ft (18.7 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.2:1
  • Airfoil: NACA 2418 at root, NACA 2412 at tip
  • Empty weight: 4,056 lb (1,840 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 6,574 lb (2,982 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Continental-Teledyne J69-T-25 turbojets, 1,025 lbf (4.56 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 425 mph (684 km/h, 369 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 360 mph (580 km/h, 310 kn) at 35,000 ft (11,000 m)
  • Stall speed: 85 mph (137 km/h, 74 kn)
  • Range: 932 mi (1,500 km, 810 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 38,700 ft (11,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3,370 ft/min (17.1 m/s)

Armament

  • Total stores stations: None (T-37A/B), 2 underwing for stores up to 500 lb (227 kg) (T-37C)

T-37 Variants

XT-37
Two-seat jet trainer prototype aircraft, powered by two Continental YJ69-T-9 turbojet engines; three built (54-716 – 54-718).

T-37A
Two-seat basic jet trainer aircraft, powered by two Continental J69-T-9 turbojet engines; 534 built.

T-37B
Two-seat basic jet trainer aircraft, powered by two Continental J69-T-25 turbojet engines, fitted with improved navigation and communications equipment.

T-37C
Two-seat basic jet trainer, light-attack aircraft, fitted with two weapons pylons, one under each wing; 269 built.

XAT-37D
Two-seat counter-insurgency, light-attack prototype aircraft; two built.

YT-48A
Proposed development with two Garrett F109-GA-100 engines; none built.


T-37 On Display

United States

  • 54-0718 – XT-37 on display at the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas
  • 54-2730 – T-37B on display at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas
  • 54-2733 – T-37B on display at the Cherokee County Veterans Museum in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 54-2734 – T-37B on display at Dyess Linear Air Park at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas
  • 54-2736 – T-37B on display at the Grissom Air Museum at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru, Indiana
  • 54-2739 – T-37A on display at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas
  • 55-4305 – T-37B on display at the Hangar 25 Air Museum at Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport (former Webb Air Force Base) in Big Spring, Texas
  • 56-3466 – T-37A on display at US Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker, Ozark, Alabama
  • 56-3546 – T-37B on display at Bartow Airport (former Bartow Air Base), Bartow, Florida
  • 56-3555 – T-37B on display at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 56-3563 – T-37B on display in Jet, Oklahoma which is adjacent to Kegelman Air Force Auxiliary Field a training base for nearby Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma
  • 57-2259 – T-37B on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah[7]
  • 57-2261 – T-37B on display at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, Fort Worth, Texas[8]
  • 57-2267 – T-37B on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum, adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona
  • 57-2289 – T-37B on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio
  • 57-2305 – T-37B on display at the Olympic Flight Museum in Olympia, Washington
  • 57-2316 – T-37B on display at the March Field Air Museum at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California
  • 57-2322 – T-37B on display at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, California
  • 58-1914 – T-37B on display at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi
  • 58-1962 – T-37B on display at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California (awaiting restoration)
  • 58-1977 – T-37B on display at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kansas
  • 59-0361 – T-37B on display at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum at North Texas Regional Airport (former Perrin Air Force Base) in Denison, Texas
  • 59-0274 – T-37B on display in downtown Columbus, Mississippi
  • 59-0383 – T-37B on display at the Commemorative Air Force Highland Lakes Squadron Air Museum (Hill County Squadron) in Burnet, Texas
  • 60-0100 – T-37B on display at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.
  • 62-0952 – T-37B on display at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas
  • 62-5950 – T-37B on display at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 67-22253 – T-37B on display at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colorado
  • T-37B on display at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma
  • T-37B on display at Craig Field Airport and Industrial Complex (former Craig Air Force Base) in Selma, Alabama
  • T-37B on display at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • T-37 on display at the Commemorative Air Force Ranger Wing at Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas
  • T-37 on display at Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware

Other Locations

  • T-37B, AF Ser. No. 57-2247 on display at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum in Bodø, Norway
  • T-37C on display (registration no. unconfirmed) at Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base
  • T-37C, 21366, on display at the War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, South Korea.
  • T-37C on display at the Museu do Ar (Air Museum), Sintra Air Base, Portugal.
  • T-37C, 2411, on display at the Portuguese Air Force General Materiel Depot, Alverca, Portugal.
  • T-37C used by the Aerospace Science Department the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.
  • T-37 on display at Base Aérea el Bosque in Santiago, Chile
  • T-37 VNAF on display at the Can Tho Museum of People’s Armed Forces, Viêt-Nam (heavily damaged by time)
  • T-37 on display at the Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio in Los Cerrillos, Santiago, Chile.
  • T-37B on display at the secretaria de las fuerza armadas. Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
  • T-37 in storage at Soesterberg AB for the RNethAF museum.
  • T-37B, Ser. no 67-14748 on display at Natal AB in Brazil

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