DRAW decals 20s-737-100: T-43A




Scott Van Aken

The Boeing T-43 was a modified Boeing 737-200 used by the United States Air Force for training navigators, now known as USAF combat systems officers. Informally referred to as the Gator (an abbreviation of "navigator") and "Flying Classroom", nineteen of these aircraft were delivered to the Air Training Command at Mather Air Force Base, California during 1973 and 1974. Two additional aircraft were delivered to the Colorado Air National Guard at Buckley Air National Guard Base (later Buckley Space Force Base) and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in direct support of cadet air navigation training at the nearby U.S. Air Force Academy. Two T-43s were later converted to CT-43As in the early 1990s and transferred to Air Mobility Command and United States Air Forces in Europe, respectively, as executive transports. A third aircraft was also transferred to Air Force Materiel Command for use as the 'Rat 55' radar test bed aircraft and was redesignated as an NT-43A. The T-43 was retired by the Air Education and Training Command in 2010 after 37 years of service.

This nicely printed sheet allows the builder to build two aircraft. The options are a white/grey version with Air Training Command in the initial markings and the two ANG planes. The later all white version with ATC that carries the NT (for Nav Trainer), tail codes is also an optin. It does not include the later planes with the RA tail codes used with training was moved to Randolph AFB after Mather AFB closed.

Like all Draw Decal sheets, this one is printed with a single carrier film over all the decals, requiring each one to be cut out separately. They are also very thin so care needs to be used when applying them. These decals are for the Hasegawa or Revell/Matchbox kit.

June 2021

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