T-33 “Ace Maker”

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star is an American-built jet advanced trainer aircraft. It was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948.  Despite it’s age, the T-33 is still in use today.  A T-33 was used as a chase plane for the maiden flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  One of the few T-33′s in private ownership, the “Ace Maker” is a  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star.  It will be flown by pilot Gregory “Wired” Colyer in 19 airshows in 2012.

A native Californian, Gregory “Wired” Colyer took his first flight at age 7.  Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.

Since leaving the service he has been employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC.  His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby and an occasional airshow flying a Beech T-34 Mentor until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.

After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay’s Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history.  Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008.  Then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type.

Greg holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi engine ratings as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor.  Type rated in Aero Vodochody’s L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star.  A  level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.

For more information, check out http://www.acemaker33.com/