T-38 Talon

T-38 Talon
Four T-38s from Whiteman AFB in Missouri, lined up in preparation for a fly by over the Red Bull Air Race at the nearby Texas Motor Speedway.

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first and the most produced supersonic trainer. The T-38 remains in service as of 2022 in several air forces.

The United States Air Force (USAF) operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the principal US Navy operator (other T-38s were previously used as USN for dissimilar air combat training 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 2022, the T-38 has been in service for over 60 years with its original operator, the United States Air Force.

In September 2018, USAF announced the replacement of the Talon with the Boeing-Saab T-7 Red Hawk with a phaseout to begin in 2023.

SerialCodeTypeCNUnitStatusFirstLastCommentPrevious ID
62-3640WMT-38A-45-NON5345Whiteman AFBPreservedSep 1996Jun 2019
62-3690WMGT-38A-45-NON539582nd TRWInstr. AirframeOct 2012Jul 2019ex WM/394th CTS
64-13206WMT-38A-55-NON563513th BSActiveApr 2018Jun 2019
64-13265WMT-38A-55-NON569413th BSActiveApr 2018Dec 2019
64-13268WMT-38A-55-NON569713th BSActiveJul 2019Feb 2020
65-10324WMT-38A-60-NON574313th BSActiveMay 2019Nov 2021
65-10361WMT-38A-60-NON578013th BSActiveApr 2019Feb 2020
65-10418WMT-38A-60-NON583713th BSActiveApr 2018Dec 2019
65-10419WMT-38A-60-NON583813th BSActiveAug 2019Nov 2021
65-10442WMT-38A-60-NON586113th BSActiveApr 2018Nov 2021
66-8402WMT-38A-65-NON598713th BSActiveApr 2018Jul 2019
67-14826WMT-38A-70-NOT602113th BSActiveDec 2019Dec 2019
67-14831WMT-38A-70-NOT602613th BSActiveApr 2018Jun 2019
67-14845WMT-38A-70-NOT604113th BSActiveFeb 2020Nov 2021'509 BW'
67-14920WMT-38A-70-NOT606113th BSActiveApr 2018Mar 2020
68-8179WMT-38A-75-NOT618413th BSActiveApr 2018Jul 2019

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or the possible replacement: T-7