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TT-1 Pinto

The Tempco TT-1 Pinto was first flown in March of 1956. The prototype was tested by the US 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.

In its search for an all-purpose jet trainer which could be used in basic flight training through solo and on into advanced flight training, in July 1956 the Navy selected the T2J design developed by North American. In order to evaluate its future program of using the T2J jets in basic training, the Navy had ordered a limited number of Temco TT-1 Pinto aircraft on June 29, 1956. This was the first purchase of a basic jet trainer by any of the services.

The TT-1s were delivered in 1957 and possessed many of the features found in operational jets, including ejection seats, liquid oxygen equipment, speed brakes, and controls and instrument panels. In March 1959, Aviation Cadet E. R. Clark soloed in a TT-1 Pinto, the first student in Naval Aviation history to solo a jet without previous experience in propeller aircraft.

They served their purpose, which was evaluating the use of jets for basic flight training and, by the end of 1960, the TT-1s were no longer in operation in the naval training command.

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