This is the first supersonic trainer for the USAF. The T-38’s high performance and low maintenance made it a practical replacement for the T-33.
The T-38 is a streamlined, high altitude, twin engine, low swept wing aircraft with tricycle landing gear. Student and instructor sit tandem in a pressurized, air conditioned cockpit for night, aerobatics, formation, navigation and instrument training.
T-38’s are used today by many organizations, NASA for chase and observation, the USAF for test pilot, flight test engineers and experimental electrical and weapons systems and also to prepare pilots for fighter jets.
In 1961-62 Jacqueline Cochran set eight performance and four time-to-climb records in the T-38.
The famous Thunderbirds flew Talons from 1974 – 1982 and found them safe and economical, five T-38s used the same fuel as one F-4. .
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
1945 – 1975
First Produced: 1959
Number Built: 1,139 total
Acquired by Yanks in October of 2001.
Wing Area: 170 sq ft
Empty Weight: 7,174 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,906 lbs
Powerplant: (2) GE J85-GE-5
Cruise Speed: 590 mph
Maximum Speed: 858 mph
Range: 1,093 miles
|Delivered: August 17, 1962 – To 3525th PTW (Air Training Command) Williams AFB, AZ
Jan 1974 – To 82nd FTW (ATC), Kirtland AFB NM