A-37 Dragonfly

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Manufacturer: Cessna
Designation: T-37
Version:  
Nickname: Dragonfly
Type: Light Attack
Specifications
Length: 32 ft. 1 in.  
Height: 9 ft. 3 in.  
Wingspan: 38 ft. 5 in.  
Crew: 2  
Armament: one 7.62 minigun in nose; four pylons under each wing can carry a range of bombs, missiles, rockets or cannon guns  
Gross Weight: 6,210 lbs.empty; 15,000 lbs max.  
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: GE J-85-17A turbojets
Pounds of thrust (each): 2,850 lbs. thrust
Performance
Range: 920 miles  
Cruising speed: 300 mph.    
Max Speed: 507 mph    
Ceiling: 35,000 ft  

The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly, or Super Tweet, is a United States light attack aircraft developed from the T-37 Tweety-bird basic trainer in the 1960s and 1970s. The A-37 had improved engines giving it a speed advantage over its training aircraft predecessor. Beyond that, it was much the same as the T-37. The A-37 had an air-conditioned cockpit but was not pressurized. It had full blind-flying instrumentation along with radio and radar installations, FM communications, Tecan direction finder, VHF communication and VOR/LOC, glideslope, marker beacon and interphone. It also had a non-computing gunsight, a gun camera, and a strike camera. 

 

The A-37 served with distinction during the Vietnam War and in peacetime service afterwards largely with the air forces of developing nations throughout the world where a simple to maintain and easy to fly Attack aircraft was particularly desired. Nearly 600 A-37s--attack modifications of the T-37--were built. 

 

This A-37, S/N 71-0790, is owned by the March Field Air Museum.

 


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