North American T-2C Buckeye

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
North American
Markings
Carrier Training Wing 6 (CTW-6), Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida
Designation
T-2C
Serial Number
157050

North American T-2C Buckeye

The Buckeye was designed in 1956 in response to a Navy requirement for a multi-purpose jet trainer. The first version of the aircraft used a single J34 jet engine and in this configuration the first flight was made in January 1958. Deliveries to training squadrons began in 1960. At the same time a program to redesign the Buckeye with two more modern jets was underway. This resulted in the T-2B, which entered Navy service in 1965. In 1969, even more efficient engines were fitted to the Buckeye resulting in the T-2C. The new General Electric J85 engine produced the same performance for significantly lower costs. The vast majority of Buckeyes have been retired from Navy service, however a few remain in use as of 2005 particularly with the Naval Test Pilot School.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 2 in
Length 38 ft 8 in
Height 14 ft 9 in
Weight 11,498 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 488 mph
Service Ceiling 40,000 ft
Range 908 miles
Engines 2 General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojets 2,950 pounds of thrust each
Crew 2