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Walkaround Northrop T-38 Talon

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engined supersonic jet trainer. First flight was in 1959 and it was developed in conjunction with the F-5 program by Northrop. Developed for the USAF, it was the world's first supersonic trainer. Though looking like the F-5B two seater it is quite different, mainly in wing, intakes, nose and systems. Over 1,100 T-38 Talons were produced and most USAF pilots were trained on this jet trainer for over 50 years with hundreds of Talons flying.
A special role was that some T-38 were painted in Agressor like paint schemes.
Based in the USA, West Germany used the type for training their pilots in the USA as well and some T-38 aircraft were sold to Turkey.

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T-38 Talon

This two seater T-38 coded "81196" is a former USAF trainer. Later it was used by the CalTech university. Now on display at California Science Center, Los Angeles, USA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.

Some schemes shown are for T-38 aircraft painted in Agressor like paint schemes.

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A few plastic scale models have appeared over the years. In 1/72 scale the Hasegawa-Minicraft kit was the only option for many years with PM having also a very basic kit. Far better now is the 1/72 Sword kit.

In 1/48 there was an old Fujimi and Testors-Hawk 1/50 kit with also an Academy 1/48 kit. Now a better 1/48 Sword kit is available as well as from Wolfpack. In 1/32 a resin model was released by ColectAire.


This walkaround web page was first created February 2017 by M. de Vreeze


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