Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Northrop T-38A
68-8150, 49th FW, Holloman AFB, 2005
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.

In 2005 Northrop T-38 Talon 68-8150 belonged to the 7th Combat Training Squadron at
Holloman AFB. The Talons were used for transitional training for the F-117 and providing
aggressor attacks against the Nighthawk carried out over the New Mexico desert sky. In 2005 the
decision was made to retire the F-117 in favor of the F-22 Raptor. On December 17, 2006 the
7th CTS at Holloman AFB was inactivated after 65 years of active duty. T-38 Talon 68-8150
continued with the 49th FW helping to train Raptor pilots.

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)