The Northrop T-38 Talon is the US Air Force's primary supersonic jet trainer. Development of the famous F-5 Tiger/Freedom Fighter lineage, which serves in a combat role in several workd air forces. Several fleets are still being updated with new avionics etc, rather than being replaced. Also used as chase aircraft for test projects, NASA missions, & dissimilar aggressor training as & when required.
Boeing and partner Saab unveiled a twin-tailed, single-engine jet that looks like a hybrid of an F/A-18 Super Hornet and a Gripen, bringing to a close months of speculation about the team’s mysterious clean-sheet design. The Air Force’s planned 350-aircraft T-X program aims to replace the 55-year-old Northrop Grumman T-38 Talon with a modern jet for training the next generation of fighter pilots. Boeing-Saab design powered by a single General Electric F404.
T-38 Talon, Northrop Corp. United States Air Force PROPULSION Two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners - 2,050 pounds dry thrust; 2,900 with afterburners AIRSPEED 812 mph (Mach 1.08 at sea level) RANGE 1,093 miles CREW Two, student and instructor ARMAMENT T-38A/C: none; AT-38B: provisions for practice bomb dispenser