Slingsby T-3A 'Firefly'

Notes: Single engine, low wing, light trainer with SIDE-BY-SIDE seating.
  Base model:T-3
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Trainer

  Length: 24' 10" 7.5 m
  Height:7' 9" 2.3 m
  Wingspan: 34' 9" 10.5 m
  Empty Weight: 1,780 lb 807 kg
  Gross Weight: 2,525 lb 1,145 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Textron Lycoming AEIO-540-D4A5
  Horsepower (each): 260

  Range: 469 miles 755 km
  Max Speed: 175 mph 281 km/h 151 kt
  Ceiling: 19,000 ft 5,790 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USAF 12th FTW Hondo Airport TX

Known serial numbers
92-0625 / 92-0662, 93-0555 / 93-0596, 94-0001 / 94-0033


Recent comments by our visitors
 Peter Mercy
 Vinton, VA
Hey Joe I tried to send you a couple emails my address is captmercy@cox.net

11/05/2008 @ 09:22 [ref: 22980]
 Ray Stanford
 New Carlisle, OH
I had worked with Northrop Grumman in Hondo Texas.I was working with LSI at Randolph AFB for 8 years but was living in Yancey.Yeah,a 66 mile drive one way everyday to Randolph.I got hired on with Northrop in Feb 1994.What a relief that was..now it was a 15 mile drive for me. I was the head electrician for the T3A program with Northrop. I made the entire wiring harness for all 116 aircrafts.(If my memory serves me right,there were 116 of these aircrafts built there in Hondo) I also built the instrument panels too until we hired extra help in this area.I worked with alot of great people there and Ive lost contact with everyone shortly after we all left around 1996.I moved to Corpus Christi shortly afterwards to work at the Corpus Christi Army Depot.I remember that the hangar was brand spanking new and Northrop was the first to use it.Not long after leaving, Knight's Aerospace took over and then a tornadoe took that hangar down. I do remember that half of the T3As stayed in Hondo and the other half went to Colorado.Ive seen the T3As on CNN one time and was shocked to hear of some of the troubles that had with them.(Even though there was some kind of problems that was mentioned while still working there)I had the opportunity to fly one with one of our Northrop test pilot.We always did test flights before selling the aircrafts to the Air Force.My best days were there working on these wonderful aircrafts. Is there any of the old employees from Northrop on this board? Like to hear from you.I live in Ohio now and disabled,Ray
10/20/2008 @ 10:09 [ref: 22883]
 Joe Lupton
 , VA
Pete, Drop me an email.
I lost all of my email addresses when my computer crashed about two months ago.
09/19/2008 @ 18:34 [ref: 22703]
 Pete Mercy
 Roanoke, VA
Hey Martin sounds like you blew through Hondo about a year after I was there. All you mentioned were good friends I remember being in Lyn's trailer too keeping him and a bottle of Jack Black company.
06/03/2008 @ 01:27 [ref: 21095]
 , TX

I was a flightinstructor on T-41 for Doss Aviation in 1980/1981 and I flew with treadaway, Lonny Mcgee who was my mentor and I lived for 1 year with Lyn Decker in a trailer in Hondo .
I also remember Greg Baldasarri quite wel .
Lyn Decker was a very enthousiastic radio amateur and I am shocked to read he already died 8 years ago .
04/15/2008 @ 10:52 [ref: 20558]
 Joe J
 , TX
H East tell Joe I said hi. Joe's a great person. He'll know me by the long last name. I sure hope he's ok now.

01/17/2008 @ 17:55 [ref: 19340]
 Joe J
 , TX
H East tell Joe I said hi. Joe's a great person. He'll know me by the long last name.

01/17/2008 @ 17:53 [ref: 19339]
 H East
 S.A., TX
My husband Joe East misses the T3A and the fun he had flying it. He is healthy now, but he did have a bout with Melanoma. Did many others that flew there have that problem? I know of 1 other instructor that did. He will be glad I found this page to follow up on the firefly friends from Hondo.
12/19/2007 @ 22:09 [ref: 18975]
 , CA
Yes, for those of you that may question the crosswind componant- POH is demonstrated 25kts. I have landed with 18kts (gusting 20kts+) 90deg direct crosswind. Sometimes the prevailing wind is exactly 90deg to the x-wind runway, which allows for excellent x-wind practice. I regularly see 28kts gusting to 35kts with a quartering x-wind. For this much wind I put the wind on the nose and still see 10kts - 12kts crosswind componant.
08/25/2007 @ 14:18 [ref: 17754]
 , CA

Modified with WHIRLWIND 3-blade C/S composite prop, custom exhaust, Fluid Dampener crank balancer, lightweight starter and batteries.

It is fun to fly and really has no bad habits, regardless of what you may have heard about stalls, spins and spin recovery. If you learn the flight characteristics and stall/spin recovery technique, as you should for any AC you fly, there are no surprises. It is absolutely the easiest aircraft to maneuver that I have ever flown. I have flown complex pressurized twins and simple single-engine trainers, aerobatic and kit-built experimentals. The T67C is just plane FUN! It has a demonstrated 25kt crosswind capability and I have landed with 18kts (gusting 20kts+) and still had lots of rudder. Flight plan 7.5 GPH 115kts Want to go faster? Push the prop and throttle to the stop! 1200 ft/min ROC or more depending upon density altitude. What more could you ask for? I am currently considering applying for FAA Deviation of Authority for Specific T67C Flight Training. Depending upon interest I will submit application FAA LODA A115 sometime within the next few months. If you want to discuss - cruzrm@yahoo.com
08/25/2007 @ 14:04 [ref: 17753]


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