Photo series #12
The Northrop T-38 Talon is one of the few aircraft in the USAF inventory to remain in service for more than 50 years.
The twin engine, two-seater, supersonic jet trainer is the world’s first supersonic trainer and the most produced one. It is mainly operated by the US Air Force which is also used by NASA, the US Naval Test Pilot School is also one of the branches that use the Talon, the Navy also used them in the agressor squadron but those T-38s were replaced by the F-5N Tiger II.
The most famous Talons are operated by NASA, those are used in astronaut training and as chases planes. During the Space Shuttle era, it was a common sight to see shuttles coming to land with T-38s chasing them.
The USAF has launched the T-X program to replace the T-38s, the trainers that were proposed are the Hawk from BAE Systems, the T-50 from Lockheed Martin and the T-100 which comes from Raytheon and Alenia Aermacchi, the last one is a derivate from the Aermacchi M-346 Master.
That’s it for this photo series, as always if you have any suggestions for the next photo series, don’t be shy, send them to me and i’ll upload it!
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