Northrop T-38 Talon

Jet Trainer

Northrop T-38A Talon United States Air Force (USAF) 61-0854 / HM N5220 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Northrop T-38 Talon is a twin-engined two-seat supersonic jet trainer aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Northrop Corporation (today Northrop Grumman Corporation).
The T-38 Talon was developed together with the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter. The T-38 was the world's first supersonic trainer aircraft.
Crew2
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric J85-GE-5A
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
11,9 / 17,1 kN2680 / 3850 lbf
Speed1382 km/h746 kts
  858 mph
Service Ceiling15.240 m50.000 ft
Range1.835 km991 NM
1.140 mi.
Empty Weight3.250 kg7.165 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight5.488 kg12.100 lbs
Wing Span7,70 m25 ft 3 in
Wing Area16,0 m172 ft
Length14,40 m47 ft 3 in
Height3,92 m12 ft 10 in
First Flight10.04.1959
Production Statusout of production
Total Production1187
ICAO CodeT38
Data for (Version)Northrop T-38
VariantsT-38A, AT-38A, AT-38B, T-38C, T-38M

[Photo-ID: 5323] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop AT-38B Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 63-8172, c/n N.5519, Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
AT-38B Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 63-8172
c/n: N.5519
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 11239] Karsten Palt 2015-05-31
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 58-1196, c/n N5105, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 58-1196
c/n: N5105
 
California Science Center [Los Angeles, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11240] Karsten Palt 2015-05-31
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 58-1196, c/n N5105, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 58-1196
c/n: N5105
 
California Science Center [Los Angeles, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11339] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 60-0593, c/n N5166, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 60-0593
c/n: N5166
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11340] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 60-0593, c/n N5166, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 60-0593
c/n: N5166
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11168] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-0854, c/n N5220, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-0854
c/n: N5220
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11169] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-0854, c/n N5220, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-0854
c/n: N5220
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 6344] Karsten Palt 2012-06-12
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-0908, c/n N5274, Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-0908
c/n: N5274
 
Yanks Air Museum [Chino, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11412] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 62-3653, c/n N5358, Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 62-3653
c/n: N5358
 
retired 1998, Celebrity Row
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 5843] Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 63-8182, c/n N5529, Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 63-8182
c/n: N5529
 
Joe Davies Heritage Airpark Plant 42 [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 13267] Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force (USAF), 64-13271, c/n N5700, Karsten Palt, 2016Northrop
T-38A Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 64-13271
c/n: N5700
 
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]