What plane is replacing the T-38?
T-7 Red Hawk
The T-38 is to be replaced as the USAF advanced jet trainer by the T-X program winner, the Boeing T-X, now known as the T-7 Red Hawk.
How many T-38 does the US have?
Program Overview. More than 72,000 U. S. Air Force pilots have trained in Northrop Grumman Corporation’s T-38 Talon, the world’s first supersonic trainer when it entered service. Nearly 1,200 Talons were produced from 1961-72, and more than 500 are currently operational with the Air Force and NASA.
Are the T-38 and f5 the same?
The F-5B and F (which also derive from the N-156) can be distinguished from the T-38 by the wings; the wing of the T-38 meets the fuselage straight and ends square, while the F-5 has leading edge extensions near the wing roots and wingtip launch rails for air-to-air missiles.
Can the T-38 carry weapons?
The cockpit is pressurized and air-conditioned. The Talon, as a trainer, carries no weapons, but some T-38s were modified for weapons training and designated AT-38B. These were equipped with a gunsight and were capable of carrying a gun pod, rockets, or bombs.
Is the T-38 based off the F-5?
The F-5 was designed as a lightweight export fighter in the mid-late ’50s. The T-38 was developed from the F-5A variant to be used as an advanced/supersonic trainer to replace the T-33. The 38 uses a much simpler wing, less powerful engines, and a redesigned 2-seat tandem cockpit.
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What are T-38s used for at NASA?
A small fleet of T-38s serve NASA primarily in pilot proficiency and training for astronauts, and have been used in this role at JSC since the mid-1960s. In the past, the aircraft supported the Space Shuttle program, their safety chase pilots keeping watch while escorting Shuttles gliding to landing.
What is the history of the T-38?
Made by Northrop, the T-38 was first fielded by the U.S. Air Force in 1961 as an advanced jet trainer, and it still serves the Air Force in that capacity. It was the preferred aircraft of the Air Force Thunderbirds during the 1970s, when the T-38s starred as the feature performers in air shows around the world.
How much does NASA spend on the T-38 Talons?
The agency spends $25–30 million annually to fly and maintain the T-38s. During the Space Shuttle era it was established NASA tradition for astronauts to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in T-38 Talons. There are seven privately owned T-38s in the U.S. Boeing owns two T-38s, which are used as chase planes.
What is a T-38 White Rocket?
Its nimble performance has earned it the nickname white rocket. In 1962 the T-38 set absolute time-to-climb records for 3,000, 6,000, 9,000 and 12,000 meters, beating the records for those altitudes set by the F-104 in December 1958. (The F-4 Phantom beat the T-38’s records less than a month later.)