TEMCO 51 / TT-1 Pinto
The United States Air Force issued a requirement in 1952 for a jet-powered primary trainer, and Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company (Temco) responded with the Model 51 Pinto. Powered by a Continental J69-T-9 turbojet, the Pinto was a tricycle-geared mid-wing cantilever monoplane, with tandem seating for the instructor and student in an enclosed cockpit.
First flown on 26 March of 1956, the prototype was tested by the U. S. Navy, which subsequently ordered 14 of the aircraft under the designation TT-1, to study the feasibility of using jet aircraft for primary training. No additional TT-1 Pinto aircraft were manufactured.
The United States Air Force issued a requirement was met by the Cessna T-37.
In June 1968 American Jet Industries Inc first flew the Super Pinto, a jet primary trainer or light strike aircraft developed from TT-1 Pinto built by Temco.
Temco TT-1 Super Pinto
The original Temco TT-1 Pinto became the Super Pinto when modified with the J-85 engine.
Engine: One Continental J69-T-9 turbojet, 930 lb thrust
Wing Span: 30ft. 0in.
Length: 30ft. 9.25in.
Height: 10ft. 10.75in.
Max Takeoff Weight: 4,325 lbs.
Maximum speed: 550 kmh / 345 mph
Ceiling: 9800 m / 32,200 ft
Range: 450 miles