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Posted 10/20/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
T-39 Sabreliner
North American T-39A-1 "Sabreliner" S/N 61-0674
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North American T-39A-1 "Sabreliner"
S/N 61-0674

Crew:   Two
Engines:   Two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3 single-shaft turbojets; 3,000 lbs of thrust each
Wingspan:   44 ft 6 in
Length:   44 ft 0 in
Height:   16 ft 0 in
Weight:   18,650 lbs
Speed:   max: 538 mph; cruise: 500 mph
Range:   1,700 miles
Service Ceiling:   42,000 ft
Armament:   None
Cost:   $810,000

This T-39A-1-NA, S/N 61-0674, was manufactured by North American Aviation in Inglewood, California, and delivered to the USAF in September 1962. That October it was transferred to the 3rd Bombardment Wing stationed at Yokota AB, Japan. While still at Yokota AB, the aircraft was moved to the 41st Air Division Headquarters in June 1965, and then on to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing in January 1968.

The next year the T- 39A was stationed with the 475th Tactical Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, until November when it was shipped back to the U.S. to serve at Norton AFB, California with the 63rd Military Airlift Wing. In April 1975 the aircraft moved to the 1400th Military Airlift Squadron, and was reconfigured in June 1977 to a CT-39A.

Its career ended in June 1985 when the aircraft was removed from the USAF inventory and transferred to the museum at Norton AFB. It remained there until finally transferred to Hill Aerospace Museum in September 1993 for static display.

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