TALON
TALON

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