Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
T-38A Talon "Chase Plane"
N923NA, STS-3 Mission for Space
Shuttle "Columbia", New Mexico, USA,
30th Mar 1982
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.

NASA operates the Northrop T-38 Talon as a jet trainer for their astronauts as well as a “chase
plane”. Part of the NASA Talon fleet is based at Sheppard AFB, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.
In 1966 T-38 66-8355 was delivered to the USAF but in 1969 the aircraft was transferred to NASA
Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) and later renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
(JSC). With NASA 66-8355 became N923NA on September 10, 1969. On March 30, 1982
N923NA was the “chase aircraft” for the return of the shuttle Columbia.

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

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)

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

Engines – 2 x General Electric J85-5A (J855R after PMP modification) Afterburning Turbojets
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)