The Northrop T-38 Talon is the US Air Force's primary supersonic jet trainer. Development of the famous F-5 Tiger/Freedom Fighter lineage, which serves in a combat role in several workd air forces. Several fleets are still being updated with new avionics etc, rather than being replaced. Also used as chase aircraft for test projects, NASA missions, & dissimilar aggressor training as & when required.
Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38C to prepare pilots for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft such as the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15C Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt II and the F-22 Raptor. The Talon first flew in 1959 and more than 1,100 were delivered to the Air Force between 1961 and 1972 when production ended. As the T-38 fleet has aged, specific airframe, engine and system components have been modified or replaced. (courtesy photo)
T-38 Talon. MANUFACTURER Northrop Corp. SERVICE United States Air Force PROPULSION Two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners - 2,050 pounds dry thrust; 2,900 with afterburners AIRSPEED 812 mph (Mach 1.08 at sea level) RANGE 1,093 miles CREW Two, student and instructor ARMAMENT T-38A/C: none; AT-38B: provisions for practice bomb dispenser
The Northrop T-38 Talon is an American supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and to date, is also the most produced. It remains in service as of 2010 in air forces throughout the world. #flyboyzst38