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NASA - T-38A Talon Performance and Specifications
September 22, 2008
 

The T-38A is a pressurized, two-place, tandem cockpit, twin-turbojet supersonic aircraft manufactured by Northrop Corporation.

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)
Empty Weight: 7,200 lb
Max takeoff weight: ~12,700 lb

Primary Mission/Capabilities:


  • Safety chase
  • Pacer
  • Aerial photography
  • Pilot proficiency/mission support

Performance:



Max Speed: Mach 1.08 at sea level; Mach 1.3 at 30,000 ft/150 to 500 kia
Max altitude: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
Max rate of climb: 33,000 ft/min (170.7. m/s)
Max acceleration: +7.2g, -2.9g
Range: 1,140 miles
Engines: 2 GE J85-5 axial-flow, turbojet
Thrust: 2,900 lb max

General Characteristics:



Crew: Two; pilot and photographer/engineer




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