North American CT-39A Sabreliner

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
North American
Markings
1402nd Military Airlift Squadron, Shaw AFB, South Carolina
Designation
CT-39A
Serial Number
62-4449

North American CT-39A Sabreliner

In 1956 the U.S. Air Force requested proposals for a small jet trainer and transport from aircraft manufacturers. Since the government felt that the aircraft would also have commercial applications it requested that the prototypes be designed and delivered to the Air Force at no cost to the government. North American responded with the Sabreliner, which first flew in September 1958. By 1960, it had been accepted by the Air Force and had received its commercial certification. Both military and civil orders followed with a total of 599 eventually being built.

Specifications
Wingspan 44 ft 5 in
Length 43 ft 9 in
Height 16 ft
Weight 17,760 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 595 mph
Service Ceiling 39,000 ft
Range 1,950 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3 turbojets 3,000 lbs of thrust
Crew 2, 6 passengers