Boeing T-43(737)

1st Flight 1973

The Boeing T-43 was a modified Boeing 737-200 used by the United States Air Force for training navigators, now known as USAF combat systems officers.

Informally referred to as ‘’the Gator’’ and “Flying Classroom”, nineteen of these aircraft were delivered to the Air Training Command at Mather Air Force Base, California during 1973 and 1974.

Two additional aircraft were delivered to the Colorado Air National Guard at Buckley Air National Guard Base and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in direct support of cadet air navigation training at the nearby U.S. Air Force Academy.

Two T-43s were later converted to CT-43As in the early 1990s and transferred to Air Mobility Command and United States Air Forces in Europe, respectively, as executive transports.

A third aircraft was also transferred to Air Force Materiel Command for use as the ‘Rat 55’ radar test bed aircraft and was redesignated as an NT-43A.

The T-43 was retired by the Air Education and Training Command in 2010 after 37 years of service.

Variants

T-43A

Model 737-253 powered by two JT8D-9 engines and provision for 3 instructors and 16 student navigators.

CT-43A

T-43As converted as staff or command transports.

NT-43A

One T-43A converted as a radar test bed aircraft.

Used to test the radar-absorbing qualities of stealth aircraft.

Specifications

Crew

2

Capacity

19

Length

100 ft (30 m)

Wingspan

93 ft (28 m)

Height

37 ft (11 m)

Wing area

980 sq ft (91 m2)

Airfoil

Root

BAC 449/450/451

Tip

BAC 442

Empty weight

60,210 lb (27,311 kg)

Max take-off weight

115,000 lb (52,163 kg)

Fuel capacity

5,950 US gal (4,960 imp gal; 22,530 L)

Powerplant

2 × Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines, 14,500 lbf (64.4 kN) thrust each

Performance

Maximum speed

509 kn (586 mph, 943 km/h) at 23,500 ft (7,163 m)

Cruise speed

500 kn (580 mph, 930 km/h)

Never exceed speed

545 kn (627 mph, 1,009 km/h)

Range

2,600 nmi (3,000 mi, 4,800 km)

Endurance

6 hours

Rate of climb

3,760 ft/min (19.1 m/s)

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