Was it a US spy plane?

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US Air Force 51-4413, Lockheed T-33, preserved (pushing it) at the Gjirokaster castle, Albania. 5/4/13

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My recollection of the T-33 was as a jet trainer. RCAF used them for that purpose in the 50's and 60's - here: (http://www.airmuseum.ca/rcaf/rivers01.html) - click the aircraft link. (BTW, I spent my first 4 years living in one of the houses at the crop line in the lower RH corner). Dad instructed flying students on the L-19, Sikorsky and Bell "bubble top" helicopters. There is a T-33 with all its parts in place in the scrollable aircraft list. The ones I saw the most of were those with the wing-tip fuel tanks, so I guess that explains the "hose" in the wing-tip rubble.
 
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My recollection of the T-33 was as a jet trainer. RCAF used them for that purpose in the 50's and 60's - here: (http://www.airmuseum.ca/rcaf/rivers01.html) - click the aircraft link. (BTW, I spent my first 4 years living in one of the houses at the crop line in the lower RH corner). Dad instructed flying students on the L-19, Sikorsky and Bell "bubble top" helicopters. There is a T-33 with all its parts in place in the scrollable aircraft list. The ones I saw the most of were those with the wing-tip fuel tanks, so I guess that explains the "hose" in the wing-tip rubble.
Thanks Nick for the info. This plane had wing-tip fuel tanks. There is a photo of it, if you google "Gjirokaster spy plane".

Interesting though that the US was flying a trainer around Albania. It seems that in 1957, the plane had a problem, the pilot requested and got permission to land. The communist government then seized the plane and claimed it was a spy plane!
 
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there was a photo recon version of the T-33 but this is not one of them. you can tell it's a regular training version by the gun tubes on the lower part of the nose.
I worked on T-birds in the RCAF.
 

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