The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: T-38A/C, AT-38B Talon

A T-38 Talon aircraft flies over San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 Lackland Airfest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

A T-38 Talon aircraft flies over San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 Lackland Airfest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

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T-38A/C and AT-38B Talon

Manufacturer: Northrup Grumman

Function: Advanced Jet Pilot Trainer

Service Date: 1961

Speed: 812 mph

Crew: Two

Production: 1,100+ Inventory: 546

Commentary: Most of the T-38s in service are used by AETC for advanced bomber/fighter training track in Undergraduate Pilot Training. Some aircraft are stationed with systems for complementary training such as the B-2. The service life of the T-38 is projected beyond 2026.