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Check Six – 1967: T-38 Talon First Flight

April 10, 2017

To all who flew the T-38 during undergraduate pilot training

From the This Day in Aviation website


10 April 1959: Northrop test pilot Lewis A. Nelson made the first takeoff of the prototype YT-38-5-NO Talon, serial number 58-1191, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. A private venture by Northrop, the Talon was designed by a team led by Ed Schmued, famous for his work on the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. The Talon is a twin-engine advanced trainer capable of supersonic speeds. After testing, the YT-38 was modified to the YT-38A. The modified aircraft was accepted by the Air Force and ordered into production as the T-38A Talon.

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