One of the hottest air show acts in the country is Greg "Wired" Colyer's T-33 Shooting Star, nicknamed "Ace Maker." Throughout the show season, I do some photo work with Greg and the resulting shots never seems to disappoint. Credit to my friend Julie for the video below of Greg giving us a very close look at Ace Maker in action:


The T-33 was one of the most successful designs of the "golden jet age," with over 6500 built. It was yet another product of legendary Lockheed Skunk Works designer Kelly Johnson. The Shooting Star served for close to 50 years in US service and flew with dozens of countries around the globe. T-33s continue to fly in private hands to today. These jets include a pair of T-33s that serve as Boeing's go-to chase planes, as well as Greg's two T-33s, Ace Maker I and II.

You can see Ace Maker in action for yourself at an air show near you. All the show dates are posted here on Ace Maker's website. Below are some bonus Ace Maker shots from years past:

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Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for Jalopnik.com You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address Tyler@Jalopnik.com