Tag: T-38 Talon

All you need to know about applying to fly the SR-71 Blackbird
"I came away with one observation—the more recommendations an applicant had from general officers, the less likely were his chances of getting into the SR-71 program. Flying skills rather than politics were the name of the game!," Col. Richard H. Graham, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot The author of The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird: The Illustrated Profile of Every Aircraft,...
Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel remembers his time as a T-38 student pilot
"The sky turned a deeper and darker blue as the sun moved farther below the horizon, and soon it seemed we might be in orbit, far above the earth in our small T-38 aircraft, dwarfed by the immensity of the sky and dark earth below. Can it get any better than this, I wondered, flying a sleek aircraft eight...
The nose is coming off! How a T-38 trainer helped a SR-71 that was losing her nose section in flight to RTB
"Talking to Lockheed engineers later, they determined there was a good possibility if we had gone supersonic, the entire nose section might have imploded from the supersonic shock wave," Col. Richard H. Graham, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot The first order of business before starting SR-71 training was to get checked out in the T-38 Talon aircraft, used as a companion trainer for...
Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn is the only female T-38 instructor pilot to dogfight against F-22 drivers
Lt Col Cheryl Buehn has flown a number of aircraft in the USAF, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, T-38C Talon and the E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Lt Col Cheryl Buehn is the only female T-38 instructor pilot at the 71st Fighter Training Squadron (FTS). The unit’s role is to provide adversarial air training for the F-22s at Joint Base...
USAF T-38 with F-4 Vietnam War-paint scheme honors legacy of POW fighter pilots
The painters used a schematic from an outdated technical order to approximate the camouflage pattern of the F-4 A T-38 Talon with a color scheme familiar to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) pilots who flew missions during the Vietnam War will play an important role in the 560th Flying Training Squadron’s 45th annual Freedom Flyer Reunion on Mar. 22-23. It will...
The aircraft was the original Slot Machine, the last operational unmodified T-38A Cooke flew with the Thunderbirds The beautiful video in this post shows retired Lt. Col. Dale Cooke experiencing the flight of a life time at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB). Cooke in fact flew for the Thunderbirds from 1979 to 1982 and recently he went to the 2nd Fighter...
“The T-X was built to Air Force requirements and designed to fulfill the Air Education and Training Command mission,” lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt Boeing and Saab have completed the maiden flight of its second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) advanced pilot training requirement. As reported by Boeing news release, lead T-X...
Even though challenging the F-22 and F-35 is almost impossible,  through their mass in numbers and understanding, the red air adversaries were able to pose a credible threat to the latest cutting edge fighters that took part in Atlantic Trident 17 The 27th Fighter Training Squadron's (FTS) T-38 Talon played the role of the opposing force for the U.S. Air Force...
Lockheed Martin could start delivering T-50As to USAF by 2022, ahead of the 2024 initial operating capability (IOC) requested by the service for the T-X competition Lockheed Martin disclosed during the company’s annual media day that it can deliver its T-50A to meet the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) T-X project two years ahead of schedule. As reported by Washingtonexaminer in fact,...
The U-2 fleet is small, so the T-38 is used to provide instrument and general flight training which keeps pilots current and proficient. Along with the U-2 Dragon Lady and the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the T-38 Talon can be found in the sky above Beale Air Force Base (AFB). While the T-38 may not directly provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance...