The Northrop T-38 Talon is an American supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first, and most produced supersonic trainer. It remains in service as of 2007 in air forces throughout the world including the USAF, which remains its largest user.
It is considered to have an exceptional safety record for a supersonic jet. The basic airframe was used for the light combat aircraft F-5 Freedom Fighter family. In addition to USAF pilots, T-38s are also used by NASA astronauts, other NATO pilots under a joint training program, and some under civilian ownership.
By kjfitz @ 2007-12-10 16:55:29