Northrop T-38A "Talon"

T-38A at Hangar 25 Air Museum

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    The T-38A/B/C "Talon" is a twin engine, high altitude, supersonic jet trainer. It is used primarily by Air Education and Training Command for Undergraduate Pilot and Pilot Instructor training. There are currently about 500 aircraft in service, with a service life to 2029. (Ref: AFA 2015 Almanac)


T-38A on a Training Flight over Big Spring in 1976

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    The T-38 has swept back wings, a streamlined fuselage and tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose wheel. The instructor and student sit in tandem in a pressurized cockpit. The cockpit avionics have been updated continuously, making the transition to a modern fighter aircraft almost seamless. The T-38 has been in use by the USAF since 1961. With ongoing updating and wing strengthening, it is estimated to remain in service for at least another 10 years. The aircraft in this photograph was painted in Bicentennial colors in 1976. (Click thumb for larger)





T-38A Tail # 13198 Arrives at Hangar 25 Air Museum

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    The T-38A aircraft on display at Hangar 25 Air Museum saw service at Laredo AFB, Texas and Williams AFB, Arizona before being retired to Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage in 1992. Hangar 25 Air Museum acquired this aircraft in March 2001, on loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum. With great assistance from many museum members and volunteers, the aircraft was assembled, painted and placed on display.





T-38A Tail # 13198 in flight

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