U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon


The T-38 is the supersonic jet trainer in the Air Force. It is used to train fighter and bomber pilots. More than 1,100 T-38’s were built before production ended in 1972. The Air Force is set to replace the T-38 at the end of this year. The T-38 attending this year’s show is coming from Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX.


  • The Talon made its first flight in 1959!
  • The T-38 is used to train pilots to fly aircraft such as the F-15 Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt, and the F-22 Raptor!
  • Astronauts at NASA use the T-38 to observe and follow the space shuttle!

U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon FAST FACTS:

Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation

Engine: Two GE J85-GE-5 turbojet engines

Wingspan: 25 feet, 3 inches

Length: 46 feet, 4 inches

Height: 12 feet, 10 inches

Maximum Speed: 812 miles per hour

Ceiling: Above 55,000 feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 12,093 pounds

Crew: Two: Instructor pilot and student pilot

Unit Cost: $756,000

Inventory: 546

Website: https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104569/t-38-talon/