T-38 Talon

Crew Chief: Rick Elwood

T-38 Talon
T-38 Talon
T-38 Talon
T-38 Talon
The T-38 Talon on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

T-38 Talon Specifications

Country of Origin: USA
B/N or Serial Number: 23659
Type: Two-seat supersonic basic trainer
Accommodation: Pilot and Instructor
Powerplant and fuel system: Two 3850-lb afterburning trust General Electric J85-GE-5A turbojets
Performance: Mach 1.3 or 858 MPH @ 36,000 ft
Cruising speed: 350 mph
Range: 1,093 miles
Service Ceiling: 53,600 ft
Weights: Maximum Take-Off  12,093 lbs
Dimensions: Span 25 ft 3 in
length 46 ft 4.5 in
height 12 ft 10.5 in

T-38 Talon History

Northrop Aviation began a private venture development program in the mid 1950s to create a high performance lightweight fighter that would be suitable for supply to and operation by friendly nations via the Military Assistance Program.  It was designated Northrop N-156 and developed into the YT-38.  First flown in 1959, the results were good and the military ordered T-38A Talons which entered service on 17 March, 1961.  

Produced between 1961 and 1972, total aircraft 1187 built for the USAF

As we get specific history information for this aircraft, we will update the site.

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