SABRELINER
SABRELINER

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