Northrop T-38 Talon

ICAO aircraft code T38
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman
Country United States
New price USD 0.756 million (1961)

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer.

Specifications

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Northrop T-38 Talon specifications

General

ICAO aircraft code
T38
Manufacturer
Northrop Grumman
Manufactured
1961 - 1972
Country
United States
New purchase price
USD 0.756 million (1961)

Aircraft performance

Engine:
2x General Electric J85-5A
Jet
Power:
3,850 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
745 Kts
1,380 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
133 Kts
Travel range:
991 Nm
1,835 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
1.69 Nm / gallon
0.827 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
50,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
33600 feet / minute
170.69meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1128 meter - 3,700.74 feet
Landing Distance:
1372 meter - 4,501.26 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
5,670 Kg
12,500 lbs
Max Payload:
630 Kg
1,389 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
583 gallon
2,207 liter

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About the Northrop T-38 Talon

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2021 in several air forces.

The United States Air Force (USAF) operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland is the principal US Navy operator (other T-38s were previously used as USN for Dissimilar air combat training until replaced by the similar Northrop F-5 Tiger II). Pilots of other NATO nations fly the T-38 in joint training programs with USAF pilots.

As of 2020, the T-38 has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator, the United States Air Force.

In September 2018, USAF announced the replacement of the Talon by the Boeing T-7 Red Hawk with phaseout to begin in 2023.

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