Senior Master Sergeant
- Mar 23, 2006
With the proposed upgrade of the TX trainer program which is scheduled in a couple of years, what is the AF going to do with the 200 or so T-38s its got? I suspect there are quite a few people who would like to get their hands on one. They are probably well maintain (I believe there was a recent wing replacement program), although old, but with many trained mechanics to work on them, over 12000 J-85 engines have been manufactured and some still in use (Scaled Composites White Knight) so engine parts should be easily gotten. But, oh what a plane, pressurized up to 40k ft +, capable of 1.2 Mach, cruising speed of greater than 500 mph, climb to 40k ft. in 90 seconds, approach speed, light, is 155 kts (almost 180 mph). It is a predictable and safe aircraft if flown by the numbers, but, just just like a high performance WW2 fighter, it would take a lot of training to fly one safe. Anyone want to get in line for one?