Temco TT Pinto

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TT Pinto
Temco TT-1 Pinto in flight (colour) c1957.jpeg
Temco TT-1 in testing
Role Jet Trainer
Manufacturer Temco Aircraft
First flight 26 March 1956
Introduction 1959
Retired 1960
Primary user United States Navy
Number built 15
Variants AJI T-610 Super Pinto

The Temco TT Pinto is a tandem two-seat primary jet trainer built for the United States Navy by Temco Aircraft of Dallas, Texas.[citation needed]

Design and development[edit]

TT-1s being assembled in Dallas (1957)

The Temco Model 51 had been initially proposed to the US Air Force in response to an Air Force competition for a jet-powered primary trainer, which was won by the Cessna T-37 Tweet. The concept behind the Model 51 was an attempt to provide primary training in a jet-powered aircraft. The official name for the Model 51 was the Pinto.[citation needed]

The Pinto was a mid-wing, tricycle landing gear trainer with an enclosed cockpit powered by a single Continental Motors J69-T-9 (license-built Turbomeca Marboré) jet engine. The aircraft carried no armament.[citation needed]

The TT-1s were equipped with many of the same features found in operational jets, including ejection seats, liquid oxygen equipment, speed brakes, along with typical flight controls and instrument panels. Although the flight characteristics were considered good, the "wave off" capability was rated marginal due to being slightly underpowered.[citation needed]

After its first flight in 1956, the prototype was sent to the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) Patuxent River to be evaluated alongside the Beech Model 73 Jet Mentor. Fourteen of the aircraft, designated TT-1, were produced between 1955 and 1957.[citation needed]

AJI T-610 Super Pinto[edit]

In 1968, American Jet Industries (AJI) (later to become Gulfstream Aerospace) re-engined a TT-1 Pinto. The J69 was replaced with a 2,850 lbf (12.7 kN) General Electric CJ610 (the civil version of the J85). The modified aircraft, called the T-610 Super Pinto, flew on 28 June 1968.[1] The new engine significantly increased performance, with maximum speed reaching 450 kn (518 mph; 833 km/h), and AJI marketed the aircraft as a light attack aircraft.[1][2]

The prototype Super Pinto, together with drawings and production rights, were purchased by the Philippine Air Force, which planned to build the aircraft as the T-610 Cali.[3]

Operational history[edit]

A U.S. Navy TT-1 in flight (1958)

In 1959, these aircraft served in the Air Training Command at Pensacola, Florida and used in a training program demonstration testing the feasibility of using a jet-powered trainer for primary flight training.[citation needed]

By the end of 1960, the TT-1s were phased out of operations in the Naval Air Training Command because performance was deemed insufficient [4], and sold as surplus.


TT-1 Pinto
Two-seat primary jet trainer aircraft.
American Jet Industries T-610 Super Pinto
Re-engined with 2,850 lbf (12.7 kN) General Electric CJ610-6 turbojet.[1]


 United States

Surviving aircraft[edit]

T-610 prototype, Philippine Air Force Museum

In December 2016, five of the TT-1 Pinto series still appeared on the U.S. civil roster[5] (one with an expired certificate[6]), down from seven, four of them Super Pintos, in 2011.[7]

As of late 2015, one T-610 prototype was still preserved at the Philippine Air Force Museum.[8]

Specifications (TT-1)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1956–57[9]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 30 ft 7 in (9.32 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 10 in (9.09 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)
  • Wing area: 150 sq ft (14 m2)
  • Gross weight: 4,440 lb (2,014 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 119 US gal (99 imp gal; 450 l) normal; 165 US gal (137 imp gal; 620 l) max
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental YJ69-T-9 centrifugal flow compressor turbojet engine, 920 lbf (4.1 kN) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 345 mph (555 km/h, 300 kn) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m); 328 mph (285 kn; 528 km/h) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 247 mph (398 km/h, 215 kn) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Stall speed: 76 mph (122 km/h, 66 kn) at take-off weight: 69 mph (60 kn; 111 km/h) at landing weight
  • Never exceed speed: 518 mph (834 km/h, 450 kn)
  • Endurance: 1.5 hours
  • Service ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,900 ft/min (9.7 m/s)

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c Taylor 1971, p. 223.
  2. ^ Field Flight International 16 October 1976, p. 1185.
  3. ^ Flight International 1 March 1980, p. 680.
  4. ^ http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/aircraft-exhibits/item/?item=tt-1_pinto
  5. ^ FAA Registry for Temco TT-1 Pinto, retrieved 07 Dec 2016.
  6. ^ FAA Registry for N4486L, retrieved 07 Dec 2016.
  7. ^ Murphy, Kevin (2011). "TT-1 Pinto". Warbird Alley. "One of the seven is a Super Pinto kept flying by the World Heritage Air Museum at Detroit City Airport." Retrieved on 2009-11-08 from http://www.warbirdalley.com/pinto.htm.
  8. ^ 44233 at Manila - Ninoy Aquino International by Paul Chandler1 on netAirspace.com, retrieved 07 Dec 2016.
  9. ^ Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1956). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1956–57. London: Jane's all the World's Aircraft Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 342.


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