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Fighter / Attack:
   Bell P-39 Airacobra
   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
   Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair
   Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
   Douglas A-1 Skyraider
   Douglas A-26 Invader
   Douglas SBD Dauntless
   Fairey Firefly
   Focke-Wulf Fw 190
   Grumman F4F Wildcat
   Grumman F6F Hellcat
   Grumman F7F Tigercat
   Grumman F8F Bearcat
   Grumman TBF Avenger
   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
   Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
   Commonwealth CA-1 Wirraway
   DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
   Meyers OTW
   Nanchang CJ-6
   Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
   N. Am. BT-9 / BT-14 / Yale
   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
   Vultee BT-13 Valiant
   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52

   Avro Lancaster
   Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
   Boeing B-29 Superfortress
   Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke
   Consolidated B-24 Liberator
   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
   DeHavilland Mosquito
   Fairey Swordfish
   Heinkel He-111 / Casa 2.111

   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell

   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation

Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
   Avro 652 Anson
   Avro Shackleton
   British Taylorcraft I-V
   Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog
   Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
   Cessna T-50 / UC-78 Bobcat
   Consolidated PBY Catalina

   DeHavilland U-6A / L-20 Beaver
   Fairey Gannet
   Fairey Swordfish
   Fieseler Fi156 Storch
   Grumman S-2 Tracker (C-1)
   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander

   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
   Avro Vulcan
   BAC Strikemaster
   Blackburn (BAC) Buccaneer
   Canadair Tutor
   Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
   English Electric Lightning
   Folland Gnat
   Fouga CM-170 Magister
   Gloster Meteor
   Grumman F9F Panther
   Hawker Hunter
   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
   Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto

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Northrop T-38 Talon

(Variants/Other Names: AT-38)

T-38 NX385AF, owned and flown by Ross Perot, Jr.
[Photo source unknown. Contact us if you deserve credit.].

History: In the mid-1950s, Northrop began design-work on a new high-performance, lightweight fighter designated the N-156 (which eventually led to the F-5 family of fighters), and an accompanying supersonic trainer initially called the N-156T. The first of three prototypes, eventually called the YT-38, first flew on 10 April 1959.

After testing two different engine installations, an initial contract for the T-38A was signed with the US Air Force, and the first Talon entered service at Randolph AFB, Texas, on 17 March 1961. Production ended in early 1972 after 1,187 had been built, and the type is still in service as the US Air Force's advanced training aircraft for student pilots selected to fly fighters.

In addition, the Talon is used by NASA as a chase aircraft, and has served as a trainer in Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, and Portugal. The US Navy also operates at least three Talons at its Patuxent River NAS Test Pilot's School, and the Boeing Company flies a small handful as chase aircraft. A major variant of the aircraft is the AT-38B, which has a gunsight and a centerline pylon which can be fitted with a gun pod or practice-bombs or rockets.

The latest, upgraded version of the aircraft is the T-38C Talon II, which entered operational service in 2003. To create the new model, older airframes were (among other things) retrofitted with new, electronic instrumentation.

Several civilian-owned T-38s have appeared in the USA in the past decade, and at least two are used extensively in the flight-test role.

Nicknames: The White Rocket; Blue Jet (AT-38); Smurf (AT-38)

Specifications (T-38A):
        Engines: Two 3,850-pound thrust General Electric J-85-GE-5A afterburning turbojets
        Weight: Empty 7,165 lbs., Max Takeoff 12,093 lbs.
        Wingspan: 25ft. 3in.
        Length: 46ft. 4.5in.
        Height: 12ft. 10.5in.
            Maximum Speed at 36,000ft: Mach 1.3 (858 mph)
            Cruising Speed at 39,000ft: Mach 0.9
            Ceiling: 53,500 ft.
            Range: 1,090 miles

Number Built:  1,187

Number Still Airworthy: ~700 active Military/Government worldwide; Approximately 4 are privately owned as warbirds.

  [ T-38 Pilot Report by Buck Wyndham ]

Cockpit Photo:

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Aerovision LLC -- CF-5B sales
AeroWeb T-38 Page
Federation of American Scientists -- T-38 Data
Canadian DDSAL CF-5 Disposal
Go Thunderbirds -- Marketing T-38 aircraft.
T-38 Poop (Study Materials for SUPT students)
Thornton Aircraft Company -- T-38 and F-5 sales and training
USAF Air University T-38 Fact Sheet
USAF T-38 Fact Sheet
USAF Museum T-38



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