Northrop T-38A Talon

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Northrop
Markings
3560th Pilot Training Wing, Webb AFB, Texas
Designation
T-38A
Serial Number
61-0854

Northrop T-38A Talon

The T-38 Talon has been training U.S. Air Force pilots since 1961. It was developed to replace the T-33 as the main jet trainer for the Air Force. The first Talon flew in 1959 and they began appearing in service in 1961. In all 1,189 T-38As were built between 1960 and 1972. The Talon remains in service with the U.S. Air Force as a trainer, with the U.S. Navy as an adversary aircraft in the Top Gun program, and with NASA.

Specifications
Wingspan 25 ft 3 in
Length 44 ft 2 in
Height 12 ft 10 in
Weight 11,550 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 820 mph
Service Ceiling 42,400 ft
Range 1,135 miles
Engines 2 General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojets 3,850 lbs thrust
Crew 2