T-38 Talon

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    Civilian crew chiefs perform their final preflight checks on a T-38 Talon prior to launch at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The T-38 Talon Twin-Jet High-Altitude Supersonic Trainer is a vital tool used by pilots at Whiteman AFB.
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    A T-38 Talon soars after taking off from the main runway at Edwards AFB.
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    T-38 Talon pilots perform their preflight inspections prior to take off at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
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    T-38 Talon pilots prepare for takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
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    A T-38 Talon from the 509th Bomb Wing flies a training sortie at Whiteman Air Force Base.
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    T-38 Talon pilots make their final adjustments in the cockpit before takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
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    A T-38 Talon taxis down the runway at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Mission: Supersonic Jet Trainer

Northrop Corp.

United States Air Force

Two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners - 2,050 pounds dry thrust; 2,900 with afterburners

812 mph (Mach 1.08 at sea level)

1,093 miles

Two, student and instructor

T-38A/C: none; AT-38B: provisions for practice bomb dispenser

The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record.

The T-38 has swept wings, a streamlined fuselage and tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose wheel. Two independent hydraulic systems power the ailerons, rudder and other flight control surfaces. Critical aircraft components are waist high and can be easily reached by maintenance crews.

The T-38C incorporates a "glass cockpit" with integrated avionics displays, head-up display and an electronic "no drop bomb" scoring system. The AT-38B has a gun sight and practice bomb dispenser.

Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38C to prepare pilots for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft such as the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15C Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt and F-22 Raptor.