Did You Know The T-37 Tweet Is Still Flying?

People still fly those things? Apparently so.

Ever since the creation of Pakistan, the Paks and the Turks have been BFFs. This video features a shining example of the fact. This documentary exemplifies the friendship between nations, and how it is stronger than ever. In October of 2015, Pakistan acquired a number of Cessna T-37 Tweet aircrafts from the Turkish government.

In the spring of 1952, the United States Air Force (USAF) called for a lightweight, two seater aircraft that could be used for training purposes for cadets at air force bases. Cessna responded with the Cessna T-37 Tweet, a small, economical trainer aircraft. The T-37 took its first flight in October of 1954, and was introduced for service in 1957.  It flew for more than fifty years in the United States Air Force, as well as in the Royal Moroccan Air Force, the Colombian Air Force, and the Turkish Air Force. The T-37 was retired by the Unites States Air Force in 2009, but is still in service.

About the T-37 Tweet:

The T-37 jet is a twin engine jet aircraft with side by side seating.  The T-37 is characterized by a low, straight wing, with the engines tucked underneath the wings, and a “clam shell” canopy, hinged to open toward the rear. The plane also features ejection seats and tricycle landing gear. The control panel of the T-37 was made similar to control panels of other USAF aircraft of the era.

There were 1,269 Cessna T-37 trainer jets manufactured between 1955 and 1975. However, these jets are new to the people of Pakistan.