Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA5402
Northrop T-38A
67-14833, 49th FW, Holloman AFB, 2011
1/72 scale pre-finished.

Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.

Professionally painted.

All markings are pad applied for superb results.

Crew figure.

Comes with display stand.

Landing gear can be displayed up or down.

Extremely sought after by collectors.
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The first prototype of what would become the Northrop T-38 Talon and F-5 Freedom Fighters
flew on April 10, 1959. The first Talon entered service on March 17, 1961 at Randolph AFB. The
USAF and NASA used the Talon to help their pilots maintain their proficiency. NASA especially
liked the T-38 for its much lower operating and maintenance costs compared to the F-18 they had
tried. Because of the low cost to operate the T-38 the USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team
used them from 1974 – 1983 during the OPEC oil embargo.



The USAF has three locations where they provide adversary training programs. They are located
at Tyndall AFB Florida, Langley AFB Hampton Virginia and Holloman AFB Arizona. As of 2012
there are 508 T-38 Trainers in operation. T-38 67-14833 MSN T6029 started out as a T-38A but
like others was upgraded to a T-38C with new engine and system components. The T-38 is used
to provide adversary operations at a fraction of the cost of a second F-22 Raptor and it also
reduces hours on F-22 equipment.



Specifications Northrop T-38A Talon
Years of Production – 1961 / 1972
Number produced – 1,100 +
Crew – 2 x Instructor / Student

Dimensions
Length – 46 ft 4.5 in   (14.14 m)
Wingspan – 25 ft 3 in   (7.7 m)
Height – 12 ft 10.5 in   (3.92 m)

Weight
Empty – 7,200 lb   (3,270 kg)
Loaded – 11,820 lb   (5,360 kg
Maximum Take-Off – 12,093 lb   (5,485 kg)

Performance
Engines – 2 x General Electric J85-5A (J855R after PMP modification) Afterburning Turbojets
Thrust
Dry – 2,050 lbf   (9.1 kN) per engine
Afterburner – 2,900 lbf   (17.1 kN) per engine
Maximum Speed – Mach 1.3   (858 mph / 1,381 km/h)
Range – 1,140 mi   (1,835 km)
Service Ceiling – 50,000 ft   (15,240 m)
ROC – 33,600 ft/min   (170.7 m/s)