JFox JF-737-2-005 – 1/200 Scale T-43A (737-200) Diecast Model
JFox JF-737-2-005 is a 1/200 scale diecast model of the Boeing T-43A (737-200), S/N 72-0284, MSN 20691.
Boeing T-43A (737-200), S/N 72-0284 first flew on January 24, 1974, and delivered to the USAF on the January 31 the same year. Transferred to EG&G (Janet Airlines) registered N5294E on March 1, 1994. Janet Airlines is the unofficial name given to a highly classified fleet of passenger aircraft operated on behalf of the USAF. It mainly serves the Nevada National Security Site, notably Area 51 and Tonopah Test Range. Withdrawn from service on April 17, 2009, and in September placed in storage at Davies Montan AFB.
JFox 1/200 scale Boeing T-43A (737-200) diecast model details
|Length||14.3 cm||5.63 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||14.2 cm||5.59 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
The Boeing T-43 was a navigator trainer used by the United States Air Force for combat systems officers. US Navy, USMC and USCG personnel also trained with USAF on these aircraft. It first flew in March 1973, entering service in September, replacing the Convair T-29.
A modified Boeing 737-200, nineteen went to the 323rd Flying Training Wing (323 FTW), Air Training Command (ATC) at Mather AFB, California. Two to the Colorado Air National Guard at Peterson AFB, Colorado for precursory air navigation training of USAF Academy cadets. With the closure of Mather AFB and inactivation of the 323 FTW in 1993, most of the T-43s transferred to the 12th FTW, Air Education and Training Command (AETC) at Randolph AFB, Texas. They are operated by the 558th Flying Training Squadron (558 FTS), from 1996 the 562d FTS and since 1999 the 563d FTS. Six T-43s were later converted to CT-43A as executive transports and transferred to Air Mobility Command and USAF in Europe. One Aircraft received a modification to radar testbed, designated NT-43A.
The Air Education and Training Command retired their last T-43A in 2010, after 37 years of service. It was replaced by T-6 Texan IIs, T-1 Jayhawks and an electronic warfare simulator. The Gulfstream C-37A replaced the CT-43A in early 2001. Throughout its service, no T-43A suffered a loss due to a mishap. One CT-43A crashed in Croatia in 1996 while carrying then US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown along with thirty-four other passengers. The investigation into the cause determined that a controlled flight into terrain occurred as a result of pilot error.
The T-43 differed from the civilian 737-200 with fewer windows, extra fuel capacity, strengthened floor, more antennas, only one front and rear door. It had two minimum proficiency, two maximum proficiency and 12 student navigator stations. The flight crew consisted of a pilot and co-pilot. Equipped with the avionics used in contemporary operational aircraft included ground mapping radar, VHF omnidirectional range (VOR). As well as Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN), Long Range Navigation System (LORAN-C), inertial navigation system and radar altimeter. VHF, UHF comms and five periscopic sextants for celestial navigation training.
The T-43A is powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A low-bypass turbofan engines.
- Cruise speed: 927 km/h (576 mph)
- Maximum speed: 943 km/h (586 mph)
- Range: 4,818 km (2,994 miles)
- MTOW: 52,391 kg (115,000 lb).