T-38B Talon NASA Model Airplane
Introducing the ready-built T-38 Talon NASA Desktop Model. This 1/48 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 5.5 inches and a length of 11.25 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
The Northrop T-38 Talon was the world's first supersonic trainer that first flew on March 10 1959. Nearly 1,200 Talons were produced from the year 1961 until 1972, and approximately 562 are currently operational with the Air Force and NASA. Every T-38 Talon built by Northrop Grumman was delivered on time, at or below the contract price and with performance as promised. The final T-38 was delivered to the Air Force in 1972.
The T-38A version of the Talon is a twin-engine two-seat advanced training aircraft. T-38A has high performance with low maintenance and operating costs. The T-38A became the U.S. Air Forces first supersonic trainer. The T-38A prototype first flew on April 10, 1959, and production continued until 1972. A total of 1,189 T-38As were built. Some were later modified into AT-38Bs with external armament for weapons training purposes. Jacqueline Cochran set eight performance records in the fall of 1961 while flying a production T-38A, and in February 1962 a T-38A set four international time-to-climb records. The USAF Thunderbirds used T-38As from 1974 to 1982 because of their economic operation and high performance.
Aside from being a training aircraft for pilots, NASA has used the Northrop-built T-38A Talon jet aircraft extensively as trainers for astronauts. The T-38A Talon was also used by the U.S. Navy in their Top Gun combat simulation program.