Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA5403
Northrop T-38A Talon "Jackie Cochran"
60-0551,  Edward Air Force Base,
California, 1961
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.



Jacqueline Jackie Cochran was born into poverty but achieved greatness as she grew up. Jackie
began air racing in the late 1930s and in June 1941 she was the first woman to fly a bomber
across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1943 was appointed to the General Staff of the USAAF to direct the
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. Jackie was the first woman to break the sound
barrier, set distance and altitude records and averaged a speed of 844mph while flying Northrop
T-38A Talon 60-0551.



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)