|CT-133 Silver Star (in USAF Thunderbird colors) at the 1998 Dayton Air Show|
Although Canada flew thirty Lockheed T-33s as the Silver Star Mk.I, the RCAF's more than 600 CT-133 Silver Star Mk. IIs were more advanced aircraft built under license by Canadair, with the Rolls-Royce Nene engine replacing the T-33's J33.
The Silver Star was replaced in the training role by the mid-1970s, but the type would remain in service for decades afterwards in support roles. Like their USAF counterparts, the CT-133s were particularly useful as "hacks" for tactical squadrons, and aircraft fitted out as ET-133s served as electronic aggressors for training with 414 Squadron.
One CT-133 served as a testbed for ejection seat development, and this aircraft was the last Silver Star in official use when it was finally retired in 2005.
Kits and Aftermarket:
1/48th scale CT-133 card model
Kitbashing the Monogram P-80, Hawk and Hobbycraft T-33 1/48 scale kits into a CT-133.
1/48 scale CT-133 model finished as a 434 Squadron aircraft
Superscale Decals SSD32255 1:32 scale CT-133 No. 133542
Leading Edge 48-42 for silver/black aircraft of 414 Squadron Black Knights
Silver Star Bibliography:
Martin Siegrist "Bolivian Air Power- Seventy Years On" Air International October 1987. Includes several photos of camouflaged CT-133s.
Photo: CT-133 in grey paint scheme. Air International January 1989 p.43
Photo (large) Canadair Silver Star N12413 in Red Knight scheme. Aeroplane Monthly February 1989 p.95-96