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
Own United States Boneyard
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
 Trainer Steel Early Jets
1945 – 1975
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Northrop
First Produced: 1959
Number Built: 1,139 total
Armament: None

Acquired by Yanks in October of 2001.

Wingspan: 25’3”
Wing Area: 170 sq ft
Length: 46’4”
Height: 12’10”
Empty Weight: 7,174 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,906 lbs
Powerplant: (2) GE J85-GE-5
Thrust:
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
July 1975 – To AF Special Weapons Center (AF Systems Command) Kirtland AFB, NM
May 1976 – To 71st FTW (ATC) Vance AFB, OK
Apr 1979 – To 12th FTW (ATC) Randolph AFB TX
Dec 1980 – To 47th FTW (ATC), Laughlin AFB TX
July 1992 – To Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ