YouTube – T-38 Talon
$9,355 per hour
2 x 2,900 lbs. ea.
46 ft. 5 in.
25 ft. 3 in.
The T-38 Talon produced by Northrop is the world’s first supersonic advanced trainer.
The aircraft acquired a reputation for economy of operations, ease of maintenance, excellent performance and safety.
The aircraft has been used to train pilots in Germany, Portugal, Taiwan and Turkey, in addition to the United States. Some 500 T-38 Talon aircraft continue to fly in the United States. It is estimated that forty six of the aircraft continue to fly for Germany and thirty three for Turkey.
T-33 Talon aircraft are operated by NASA for the training of astronauts, as well as for observation, and as chase aircraft for various projects. They were often seen accompanying the Space Shuttle while it was landing.
From 1974 to 1983, T-33 Talon aircraft were flown by the United States Air Force air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds.
T-38 Talon aircraft have trained over 60,000 pilots, preparing them to fly a variety of aircraft. The aircraft were even used by the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command between 1978 and 1991 for advanced training of its copilots in their larger aircraft.
In July of 2019, CPI Aerostructures was awarded a US$65.7 million contract for upgraded engine and fuselage components, avionics and wing structures to extend the life of T-38 Talon aircraft. It is anticipated that contracted work will be completed by July 25, 2030.
In Jan. of 2020, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., Lod, Israel, was awarded US$240 million by the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center for the acquisition of T-38 wings. Work will be performed in Lod, Israel, and should be finished by Jan. of 2033.
More than 1,100 T-38 Talon aircraft were produced between 1959 and 1972, when production ended.
RC T-38 Talon