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Posted 10/16/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
T-38 Talon
Northrop T-38A "Talon" S/N 61-0824
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Northrop T-38A "Talon"
S/N 61-0824

Crew:   Two (Student and Instructor)
Engines:   Two General Electric J85-GE-5A turbojets; 3,850 lbs thrust each with afterburner
Wingspan:   25 ft 3 in
Length:   46 ft 4 1/2 in
Height:   12 ft 10 1/2 in
Weight:   max: 11,761 lbs; empty: 7,410 lbs
Speed:   max: 812 mph; cruise: 578 mph
Range:   1,093 miles
Service Ceiling:   45,000 ft
Armament:   None
Cost:   $756,000 (approximate)

This T-38A, S/N 61-0824, was manufactured by Northrop Aircraft Corporation in Hawthorne, California, and delivered to the US Air Force in February 1962. That July the aircraft was sent to the 3560th Pilot Training Wing at Webb AFB, Texas, where it remained until November 1972, when it was transferred to the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly AFB, Texas.

The next duty station for this T-38 was in December 1975 when it was sent to the Air Force Logistics Command at Pintaung North AP, Taiwan. The aircraft was then moved to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, where it was placed in storage from November 1976 until July 1978.

The aircraft was then sent to Sheppard Technical Training Center at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and reconfigured into a GT-38A ground trainer. In March 1992 the aircraft was removed from the USAF inventory and transferred to Hill Aerospace Museum where it was placed on static display.

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