Greg Colyer T-33 Shooting Star

Greg is an extremely experienced and talented pilot. He took his first flight at the age of 7 and has been hooked on flying ever since. He earned his pilots license in 1982 while serving in the Army and then served as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA from 1988 to 2015. During this time, he would fly an occaisonal airshow in a Beech T-34 Mentor and then a Russian L-29 Delfin that he imported in 2003. However, he soon became hooked on the T-33 and set his sights high on an upgrade. He acquired the original “Ace Maker” in 2008, began performing airshows and also founded the non-profit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type. He, of course, acquired a second T-33, so now the foundation can even have further reach.

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star was the first jet trainer developed for the United States Air Force (Army Air Corps when originally developed). The aircraft is a variant of the P-80 Shooting Star, the first jet to be active in the United States Military inventory. The aircraft was originially planned in 1943. The aircraft was designed by famous aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. The aircraft was, notably, the first aircraft designed by the team that would become known as the “Skunk Works” division at Lockheed (going on to develop other major aircraft such as the F-104, SR-71, U-2 & F-117).