T-38 Talon




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$756,000
$9,355 per hour
advanced trainer
2- pilot/student
GE J85
2 x 2,900 lbs. ea.
7,175 lbs.
12,100 lbs.
46 ft. 5 in.
25 ft. 3 in.
575 mph
860 mph
33,600 fpm
50,000 feet
1,150 miles
3/10/59
1961



T-38 Talon

T-38 Talon

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.

More than 1,100 T-38 Talon aircraft were produced between 1959 and 1972, when production ended.

T-38 Talon - Hecht

RC T-38 Talon

Pictured above is Robert Hecht, who scratch built the RC T-38 Talon, handing the controls over to his son Brent, who will be flying the airplane.  It has a wingspan of 82 in. with a length of 144 in. and a weight of around 45 lbs.  It was constructed from foam, wood, glass fibre and carbon fibre.  Power comes from a pair of E-Turbax 120 mm EDF units. 
Bob Fiorenze sells a RC T-38 Talon kit. It has a wingspan of 48 in. and a length of 84 in. A variety of power choices are available for it. You can power it with a .91 fan, a jet turbine engine, or with a BVM electric VioFan. It features a fiberglass fuselage with optional retracts, flaps and hydraulic brakes. Weight, when complete, should be around 19 lbs.




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