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Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029

Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
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Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029
Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 1/72 SWORD 72029

Northrop T-38C Talon (Pacer Classic Program) 

1/72 aircraft scale plastic model kit

SWORD 72029

 

Manufacturer: Sword (Czech)
Scale: 1/72
Material: Plastic
Condition: New in Box

 

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engined supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2014 in air forces throughout the world.

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the largest operator of the T-38. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The US Naval Test Pilot School is the principal US Navy operator (other T-38s were previously used as USN aggressor aircraft until replaced by the similar Northrop F-5 Tiger II). Pilots of other NATO nations fly the T-38 in joint training programs with USAF pilots.

As of 2014, the T-38 has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator (the USAF).Although the USAF had no need for a small fighter at the time, it became interested in the trainer as a replacement for the T-33 Shooting Star it was then using in that role. The first of three prototypes (designated YT-38) flew on 10 March 1959.The type was quickly adopted and the first production examples were delivered in 1961, officially entering service on 17 March that year, complementing the T-37 primary jet trainer. When production ended in 1972, 1,187 T-38s had been built (plus two N-156T prototypes). Since its introduction, it is estimated that some 50,000 military pilots have trained on this aircraft. The USAF remains one of the few armed flying forces using dedicated supersonic final trainers, as most, such as the US Navy, use high subsonic trainers.The T-38 is of conventional configuration, with a small, low, long-chord wing, a single vertical stabilizer, and tricycle undercarriage. The aircraft seats a student pilot and instructor in tandem, and has intakes for its two turbojet engines at the wing roots. Its nimble performance has earned it the nickname white rocket. In 1962 the T-38 set absolute time-to-climb records for 3000, 6000, 9000 and 12000 meters, beating the records for those altitudes set by the F-104 in December 1958. (The F-4 beat the T-38's records less than a month later.)

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 hasleading edge extensions near the wing roots and wingtip launch rails for air to air missiles. Under the paint the T-38 wing is constructed of honeycomb material while the wing of the F-5 family uses conventional skin over underlying support structure.

Most T-38s built were of the T-38A variant, but the USAF also had a small number of aircraft that had been converted for weapons training. These aircraft (designated AT-38B) had been fitted with a gunsight and could carry a gunpod, rockets, or bombs on a centerline pylon. In 2003, 562 T-38s were still operational with the USAF and are currently undergoing structural and avionics programs (T-38C) to extend their service life to 2020. Improvements include the addition of a HUD, GPS, INS (Inertial Navigation System), and TCAS as well as PMP (a propulsion modification to improve low-altitude engine thrust). Many USAF variants (T-38A and AT-38B) are being converted to the T-38C.

The fighter version of the N-156 was eventually selected for the US Military Assistance Program and produced as the F-5 Freedom Fighter. Many of these have since reverted to a weapons training role as various air forces have introduced newer types into service. The F-5G was an advanced single-engined variant later renamed the F-20 Tigershark.In response to the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, from 1974 to 1983, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic display team adopted the T-38 Talon, which used far less fuel than the F-4 Phantom. The Blue Angels downsized to the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk at roughly the same time. After the infamous 1982 "Diamond Crash" incident that killed four of the Thunderbirds' six demonstration pilots, the Talon was replaced in this role by the front line F-16A Fighting Falcon.

Two fatal crashes in 2008, one on 23 April at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi and the second on 1 May at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, resulted in four fatalities, causing the Air Force to temporarily ground the aircraft.

T-38 Talon
A USAF T-38A Talon from 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base Texas, flying over the Texas countryside in 2001
RoleAdvanced trainer
National originUnited States
ManufacturerNorthrop Corporation
First flight10 March 1959
Introduction17 March 1961
StatusOperational
Primary usersUnited States Air Force
United States Navy
NASA
Turkish Air Force
Produced1961–1972
Number built1,146
Unit costUS$756,000 (1961 constant dollars)
US$5.879 million (2013 dollars)
Developed fromNorthrop N-156
VariantsNorthrop F-5
Scale
Scale1/72

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