NORTHROP T-38 TALON

T-38 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Northrop Aircraft Inc., Hawthorne, California, USA
(In 1959, became Northrop Corp., Aircraft Group)
Model: N-156
Designation: T-38
Names: Talon; Talon II (T-38C)
First official flight: (N-156T) 10/04/1959
Factory production period: 1958 - 1972
Primary service period: 1961 - present
Last official flight: Still in service

T-38 VARIANTS

1959 N-156T N-156T Prototype 3  
1959 N-156T YT-38 4 Total: 0007
         
1960 N-156T T-38A 1183 Total: 1183

Grand Total: 1190

T-38 PRODUCTION

Development began as the company funded Northrop Model N-156,
proposed in two versions as the N-156F (F-5 Freedom Fighter) and
N-156T (T-38 Talon).

N-156T
Prototype twin-engined, tandem
2-seater jet trainer. Later redesignated
as YT-38, then YT-38A.
Produced 1958 - 1959

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

58-1191, 58-1192 N-5101, 5102  
58-1193
- Static test airframe.
N-5100 Total: 0003

YT-38
As N-156T, engine upgrade.
Later upgraded to T-38A standard.
Produced 1959

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

58-1194 / 58-1197 N-5103 / 5106

Total: 0004

T-38A
As YT-38, engine upgrade,
minor changes.
Produced 1959 - 1972

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

59-1594 / 59-1606 N-5107 / 5119  
60-0547 / 60-0596 N-5120 / 5169  
61-0804 / 61-0947 N-5170 / 5313  
62-3609 / 62-3752 N-5314 / 5457  
63-8111 / 63-8247 N-5458 / 5594  
64-13166 / 64-13305 N-5595 / 5734  
65-10316 / 65-10475 N-5735 / 5894  
66-4320 / 66-4389 mixed N-5895 to 6020  
66-8349 / 66-8404 mixed N-5905 to 5989  
67-14825 / 67-14859 mixed T-6021 to 6055  
67-14915 / 67-14958 T-6056 / 6099  
68-8095 / 68-8217
- 5 to US Navy as
BuNo. 158197 / 158201.
T-6100 / 6222  
69-7073 / 69-7088 T-6223 / 6238  
70-1549 / 70-1591 mixed T-6239 to 6283  
70-1949 / 70-1956 mixed T-6280 to 6289 Total: 1183
9 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 1190

T-38 CONERSIONS

USAF

T-38A(N) 34 T-38A, NASA astronaut trainers.
AT-38A 1 T-38A(60-0576), prototype attack trainer, gun-pod fitted.
GT-38A 13 T-38A, ground instructional conversions.
NT-38A 2 T-38A, permanent conversions for tests.
T-38B 132 T-38A, armed attack trainer with weapons stores.
Unofficial designation: AT-38B.
(GAT-38B) 6 T-38B, ground instructional conversions.
T-38C 509 Talon II
T-38A, 2003, life-extension program, avionics upgrade.
Conversions by The Boeing Co., Arizona.

US Navy

DT-38A 18 T-38A, drone director conversions.
QT-38A 1+ T-38A, radio-controlled drone conversions.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - T-38's in military service with Portugal, South Korea, Taiwan,
   Turkey and West Germany.
 - Around four on the civil market as Warbirds.

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