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$756,000
advanced trainer
2- pilot/student
GE J85
2 x 3,850 lbs. ea.
7,175 lbs.
12,100 lbs.
46' 5"
25' 3"
575 mph
860 mph
33,600 fpm
50,000 feet
1,150 miles
3/10/59
1961






T-38 aircraft are the world's first supersonic advanced trainers.

They acquired a reputation for economy of operations, ease of maintenance, excellent performance and safety.

The aircraft are used to train pilots in Germany, Portugal, Taiwan and Turkey, in addition to the United States.

They are also used by NASA for observation, and as chase planes for various projects including the Space Shuttle. They have trained over 60,000 pilots, preparing them to fly a variety of advanced fighter aircraft.

More than 1,100 of the aircraft have been produced by Northrop between 1959 and 1972, when production ended. Over 550 aircraft are still active. With ongoing upgrades to the aircraft it is anticipated that the T-38 will remain in service through 2020.



RC T-38 from Bob Fiorenze.

Pictured above is the RC T-38 from Bob Fiorenze. It has a wingspan of 48" and a length of 84". A variety of power is available for it. You can power it with a .91 fan, a turbine, or electrically with a BVM Vio Fan. It features a fiberglass fuselage. Weight, when complete, will be between 15 and 19 lbs.

The next two pictures below of rc T-38 that are built from Park Jets plans. They feature wingspans of 27" and lengths of 45". Construction is all foam. Recommended power comes from a Himax 2015-4100 motor geared 4.4:1 swinging a 9 x 6 pusher prop. Weight is from 15 to 18 oz.

NitroPlanes has a rc T-38 as almost ready to fly - ARF. It is all foam construction with a wingspan of 30" and a length of 46".  Power comes from a brushless motor turning a 65  mm fan unit.  All up weight is about 2 1/2 lbs.

6 MM FlyRC.com has the rc T-38. Their Depron foam kit has a 28" wingspan and a 45" length. You can power it with a speed 400 type brushed or brushless pusher prop. All up weight is from 18 to 20 oz.

The last picture on this page is of the rc T-38 from the Electric Jet Factory. It has a 27" wingspan and a 35" length and comes as an ARF. Recommended power is a 4300 kV brushless motor driving a 64 mm fan. Weight should be around 40 oz.


Not pictured is the HobbyKing rc T-38 with a wingspan of 27", a 38" length, and weight of around 23 oz. Included are servos, a motor, controller, and 64 mm fan unit.

Have you built a rc T-38, or can you recommend one?  Email us.



RC T-38 from Parkjets plans.


RC T-38, ready for launching.


RC T-38 from Electric Jet Factory.