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The following photographs were taken at the Foster Air Force Base, Texas between July 1953 and September  1953. It was during this time that my father was undertaking his final flying training as part of Class 53-F. The aircraft being used was the Lockheed T33, a two-seat jet trainer derivative of the F80 Shooting Star - this was the final stage before flying single seater jets for the USAF. In fact, at that time T33's were used exclusively at Foster AFB.

It was here that pilot's obtained their wings if they successfully completed the training. My father received his wings on 14th September 1953.

 
Lockheed T33 (615) at Foster AFB - Click for Full Image
 
My father in front of Lockheed T33 (615) and ready for action! He flew this particular aircraft once during his time at Foster AFB on 25/July/1953, a 105 minute flight with Captain Packard working on "Instruments and Acrobatics".  .

 
At the cockpit of a Lockheed T33 at Foster AFB - Click for Full Image
 
My father at the cockpit of a Lockheed T33.

 
Lockheed T33 (686) at Foster AFB - Click for Full Image
 
This time at the cockpit of Lockheed T33 (686).

 
Jigsaw flight of 53-F - Click for Full Image
 
Jigsaw flight of 53-F (from left to right) Butler (USAF), Allen (USAF), Captain Packard (Flight Leader USAF), Able (USAF), Phillip Rogers (RAF), "Jock" Beatson (RAF)

 
Foster Air Force Base from approximately 35000ft - Click for Full Image
 
Foster Air Force Base from approximately 35000ft. Picture taken from T33.
 

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