Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133345 by Colin Smedley

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Painted in a special colour scheme to celebrate achieving 10,000 flying hours since the 1950s, Canadair CT-133 Silver Star of the 1st Canadian Air Group is pictured on static display at the RAF Finningley Air Show 1983. The CT-133 is a Canadian license-built version of the Lockheed T-33A jet trainer but is 50 mph faster and has a longer range than the American original due to its more efficient Rolls-Royce Nene engine.


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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Amazing looking aircraft, love the tail art. Great image the addition of the flying display team just adds to it, The Red Arrows perhaps?

  • Yep! They’re the Reds all right! The Canadians claimed that this aircraft was the world’s only flying Kiwi!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Great Image Colin. Like the ‘Reds’ in the background. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted! Yep, I think the “Dead Sparrows” made the shot.

    – Colin Smedley

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