Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Northrop T-38A “Talon”
In the mid-1950s, the USAF required a trainer with higher performance than the T-33 to better prepare student pilots for the latest tactical aircraft that were then coming into service. The aircraft chosen was the T-38A which offered high performance with low maintenance and operating costs. Destined to become the USAF's first supersonic trainer, the T-38A prototype first flew on April 10, 1959, and production continued until 1972. A total of 1,189 T-38As were built. Some were later modified into AT-38Bs with external armament for weapons training purposes.
Jacqueline Cochran set eight performance records in the fall of 1961 flying a production T-38A and, in February 1962, a T-38A set four international time-to-climb records. The USAF Thunderbirds used T-38As from 1974 to 1982 because of their economic operation and high performance. Other users of the T-38A included the U.S. Navy in their Top Gun combat simulation program and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The aircraft on exhibit (S/N 59-1601) served at the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was sent to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Marietta, Georgia, in May 1968 for testing. It was dropped from the USAF inventory in April 1971.
Span: 25 ft. 3 in.
Height: 12 ft. 10½ in.
Weight: 11,761 lbs. loaded
Engines: Two General Electric J85-GE-5A turbojets of 3,850 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 812 mph
Cruising speed: 578 mph
Range: 1,093 miles
Service ceiling: 45,000 ft.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 22.743′ N, 86° 20.63′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Street and Maxwell Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on Poplar Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Expansion of Air University (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chennault Circle (about 400 feet away); Reorganization (about 400 feet away); Air University Commanders (about 400 feet away); The Air Power Legacy (about 400 feet away); Establishment of Air University 1946 Lt. William C. Maxwell / Air Force ROTC (about 400 feet away); Changing Roles of AU (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. Northrop Grumman T-38 Talon. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Northrop T-38. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.