CESSNA T-37 TWEET / A-37 DRAGONFLY

T-37 / A-37 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Co. Inc., Wichita, Kansas, USA
Model: Model 318
Designations: T-37; A-37
Names: Tweet / Tweety Bird (T-37); Dragonfly / Super Tweet (A-37)
First official flight: (XT-37) 12/10/1954
(A-37B) 18/09/1967
Factory production period: 1954 - 1975
Primary service period: 1957 - 2001
Last official flight: (OA-37B) 1992
(T-37B) 31/07/2009

T-37 / A-37 VARIANTS

T-37 Tweet

1954 Model 318 XT-37 3 Total: 0003
         
1955 Model 318A T-37A 549  
1959 Model 318B T-37B 432  
1962 Model 318C T-37C 263 Total: 1244

Grand Total: 1247

A-37 Dragonfly

1967 Model 318E A-37B 577 Grand Total: 0577

 

GRAND TOTAL: 1824

T-37 / A-37 PRODUCTION

T-37 Tweet

XT-37
Prototype twin-engined, jet basic trainer.
Produced 1954

Cessna Wichita, Kansas (CE)

54-716 / 54-718 40001 / 40003

Total: 0003

T-37A
As XT-37, engine / cockpit upgrade.
First 11 originally designated as T-37.
Most later upgraded to T-37B standard.
Produced 1955 - 1959

Cessna Wichita, Kansas (CE)

54-2729 40004  
54-2730 / 54-2739
- 1 (54-2731), static test airframe.
40006 / 40015  
55-2972 40005  
55-4302 / 55-4321 40016 / 40035  
56-3464 / 56-3590 40036 / 40162  
57-2230 / 57-2352 40163 / 40285  
58-1861 / 58-1977 40286 / 40402  
59-0241 / 59-0390 40403 / 40552 Total: 0549

T-37B
As XT-37, engine / avionics upgrade.
Produced 1959 - 1968

Cessna Wichita, Kansas (CE)

60-0071 / 60-0200 mixed 40553 to 40697  
61-2494 / 61-2508 40698 / 40712  
61-2915 / 61-2919 40713 / 40717  
62-5950 / 62-5956 40718 / 40724  
64-13409 / 64-13428 40824 / 40843  
64-13433 / 64-13470 40848 / 40885  
65-10823 / 65-10826 40902 / 40905  
66-7960 / 66-8006
- 47 to W. Germany.
mixed 40920 to 40982  
67-14730 / 67-14768 mixed 40983 to 41037  
67-22240 / 67-22262 41039 / 41061  
68-7981 / 68-8084 41076 / 41179 Total: 0432
86 additional airframes cancelled.

T-37C
As T-37B, provision for light armament, wingtip
fuel tanks. All delivered under MAP. 1 T-37B
as prototype with civil reg. N5427E.
Produced 1962 - 1975

Cessna Wichita, Kansas (CE)

62-5926 / 62-5949
- 24 to Portugal as 2401 / 2424.
40726 / 40749  
62-5957 / 62-5975
- 8 to Pakistan.
- 11 to Greece.
40750 / 40767, 40725  
62-12485 / 62-12506
- 5 to Turkey.
- 6 to Chile as J-374 / J-379.
- 6 to Portugal as 2425 / 2430.
- 5 to Greece.
40768 / 40789  
63-9818 / 63-9851
- 13 to Pakistan.
- 15 to Turkey.
- 5 to Chile as J-380 / J-384.
- 1 to Peru.
40790 / 40823  
64-13429 / 64-13432 40844 / 40847  
64-17985 / 64-18000
- 16 to Turkey.
40886 / 40901  
65-12801 / 65-12814
- 3 to Greece.
- 11 to Turkey.
40906 / 40919  
66-13611 / 66-13621
- 11 to Peru.
40967 / 40977  
67-22542 / 67-22547
- 6 to Pakistan.
mixed 41088 to 41105  
69-7068 / 69-7072
- 5 to Thailand.
42001 / 42005  
69-7285
- 1 to Thailand.
42006  
69-7596 / 69-7600
- 5 to Pakistan.
42007 / 42011  
70-1957 / 70-1961
- 5 to Greece.
42012 / 42016  
72-1359 / 72-1369
- 11 to South Korea.
42017 / 42027  
73-1685 / 73-1698
- 14 to South Korea.
42028 / 42041  
75-0662 / 75-0668
- 7 to Pakistan as 77662 / 77668.
42042 / 42048  
(Brazil) FAB-0870 / FAB-0934 mixed 40957 to 41224 Total: 0263
14 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 1247


Turkey operated up to 50 T-37C Tweets from 1965 to 2000.
Pictured here is USAF s/n: 63-9835, coded as: 2-835.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

A-37 Dragonfly

A-37B
As A-37A, tactical support version, strengthened
airframe, engine upgrade, various improvements.
254 delivered to South Vietnam.
Produced 1967 - 1975

Cessna Wichita, Kansas (CE)

67-14776 / 67-14823 43001 / 43048  
67-22483 / 67-22491 43049 / 43057  
68-7911 / 68-7980 43058 / 43127  
68-10777 / 68-10827 43128 / 43178  
69-6334 / 69-6446 43179 / 43291  
70-1277 / 70-1312 43292 / 43327  
71-0790 / 71-0854 43328 / 43392  
71-0858 / 71-0873 43393 / 43408  
71-1409 / 71-1416 43409 / 43416  
73-1056 / 73-1115 mixed 43419 to 43539  
73-1654 / 73-1658
- 5 to Guatemala mixed FAG-432 to 448.
mixed 43417 to 43426  
74-0998 / 74-1013
- 16 to Chile as J-600 / J-615.
mixed 43447 to 43497  
74-1694 / 74-1723
- 24 to Peru mixed FAP-115 to 144.
- 6 to Honduras as FAH-1001 / 1006.
mixed 43449 to 43491  
75-0374 / 75-0385
- 12 to Ecuador as FAE-374 / 385.
mixed 43516 to 43538  
75-0410 / 75-0417
- 8 to Uruguay as FAU-270 / 277.
43540 / 43547  
75-0424 / 75-0441
- 18 to Chile as J-616 / J-633.
43548 / 43565  
75-0669 / 75-0680
- 12 to Peru as FAP-145 / 156.
43566 / 43577 Grand Total: 0577
96 additional airframes cancelled.


A-37B-CE Dragonfly, s/n: 71-0854, is on the Warbird scene in New Zealand
with a VNAF paint scheme and original serial number markings
from it's days in Vietnam. The Dragonfly's NZ reg. is ZK-JTL.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2006.

T-37 / A-37 CONVERSIONS

T-37 Tweet

USAF

JT-37A 1 T-37A, permanent conversion for development tests.
GT-37B 1+ T-37B, ground instructional conversions.
YAT-37D 2 Model 318D
2 T-37B(62-5950, 62-5951), 1963, counter-insurgency prototypes
with engine upgrade, wingtip tanks, underwing stores pylons,
7.62mm Minigun. Both later redesignated as YA-37A.
(GYA-37A) 1 YA-37A(62-5950), ground instructional conversion.

A-37 Dragonfly

USAF

A-37A 39 Model 318D
T-37A, 1966, production conversions of the YA-37A prototypes.
New s/n: 67-14503 / 67-14541. Original designation AT-37D.
YA-37B 1 A-37B(67-14823), prototype conversion for tests.
OA-37B 130 A-37B, 1980-1992, ANG forward-air-control (FAC) conversions.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - T-37 / A-37 aircraft supplied to many air forces worldwide.
 - Cessna Model 407, 1959, 4-seat commercial jet prototype, mock-up only.
 - Some T-37 / A-37's sold on the civil market as private aircraft or Warbirds.

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