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The Northrop T-38 Talon is the US Air Force's primary supersonic jet trainer. Development of the famous F-5 Tiger/Freedom Fighter lineage, which serves in a combat role in several workd air forces. Several fleets are still being updated with new avionics etc, rather than being replaced. Also used as chase aircraft for test projects, NASA missions, & dissimilar aggressor training as & when required.

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A Rare In-Air Photo Of A B-2 Stealth Bomber Flying With A T-38 Talon

A T-38 Talon flies in formation with the B-2 Spirit of South Carolina during a training mission over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)


USAF Thunderbird Northrup T-38 Talon


Boeing and partner Saab unveiled a twin-tailed, single-engine jet that looks like a hybrid of an F/A-18 Super Hornet and a Gripen, bringing to a close months of speculation about the team’s mysterious clean-sheet design. The Air Force’s planned 350-aircraft T-X program aims to replace the 55-year-old Northrop Grumman T-38 Talon with a modern jet for training the next generation of fighter pilots. Boeing-Saab design powered by a single General Electric F404.


T-38 Talon on takeoff at Edwards AFB. The T-38 Talon is used by the Thunderbirds.


Northrop T-38 Talon | Northrop T-38 Talon


T-38 Talon. MANUFACTURER Northrop Corp. SERVICE United States Air Force PROPULSION Two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners - 2,050 pounds dry thrust; 2,900 with afterburners AIRSPEED 812 mph (Mach 1.08 at sea level) RANGE 1,093 miles CREW Two, student and instructor ARMAMENT T-38A/C: none; AT-38B: provisions for practice bomb dispenser