This Northrop Grumman T-38C Talon U.S. Air Force aircraft model is in 1:48 scale. This spectacular model has a wingspan of 5 1/2" and is 11 1/4" in length. The T-38 is a supersonic jet trainer and was the world's first and most produced supersonic trainer. It was manufactured by Northrop Corporation and designed by Edgar Schmued.
The T-38 was designed in the mid 1950s as the trainer variant of a lightweight fighter project by the Northrop Corporation. On March 17, 1961, the T-38 officially entered service with the USAF, complementing the T-37 primary jet trainer. There were 1,187 T-38s built when production ended in 1972. Since the time T-38s were produced, there's an estimated 50,000 military pilots who have trained on the aircraft. The USAF remained one of the few armed flying forces using dedicated supersonic final trainers. The T-38A was the most built variant of the T-38 and several T-38s were converted for weapons training. The T-38C is based from the T-38A with structural and avionics upgrades.
In 2003, there were still 562 T-38s operational with the USAF and are currently undergoing structural and avionics programmes for extended service life to 2020. Other operators of T-8 are the German Luftwaffe, the Portuguese Air Force, the Republic of China Air Force, the Turkish Air Force and the US Navy. NASA also uses the plane as a jet trainer for its astronauts.
Working from exact aircraft blueprints, the majority of these beautiful replica models are hand sculptured by master craftsmen who use premium treated Philippine mahogany wood. Each model passes through several stages of sanding and priming before talented artists apply paint and detail. Extreme care is made to apply historically accurate aircraft markings and emblems. Before completion, each model receives several coats of clear lacquer to create not only a spectacular work of aviation art, but to insure each model will be a lasting addition to any airline or aircraft model collection.
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