Hobby Master HA5406 – 1/72 Scale T-38A Talon Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA5406 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Northrop T-38A Talon s/n 68-8150, tail code HO, with a tail flash featuring F-117 Nighthawk silhouettes. Assigned to the 7th Combat Training Squadron, 49th Fighter Wing, US Air Force, stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico during 2005. The aircraft remained at Holloman after the 7th CTS disbanded in December 2006.
Hobby Master 1/72 scale Northrop T-38A Talon diecast model details
|Length||21.7 cm||8.55 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||11.2 cm||4.44 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
7th Fighter Squadron “Screamin’ Demons” USAF
The 7th Fighter Squadron is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. The units last assignment before deactivation on May 2, 2014, was to the 49th Operations Group stationed at Holloman AFB, operating the F-22 Raptor.
The 7th Fighter Squadron formed on January 16, 1941, at Selfridge Field, Michigan as the 7th Pursuit Squadron. During World War II served in the South West Pacific and as part of the occupation of Japan. The unit was later to see combat during the Korean and Vietnam wars. In June 1999, redesignated as the 7th Combat Training Squadron, responsible for the transition of pilots to the F-117A Nighthawk. The T-38 provided both transitional training and dissimilar air combat training as “aggressors”. The 7th CTS inactivated in December 2006 with the retirement of the Nighthawk. The squadron reformed for a short period from May 2008 until May 2014 as a fighter squadron operating the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
Northrop T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 Talon is a tandem cockpit, twin-engine primary supersonic jet trainer. Based on the Northrop F-5, it is the world’s first supersonic trainer. It first flew on March 10, 1959, and entered service on March 17, 1961, with the USAF, replacing the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A small number of aircraft underwent modification for weapons training, designated AT-38B, fitted with a gun-sight, gun-pod and rockets, or bombs on an under-fuselage centre-line pylon. The US Navy used the T-38 as an “aggressor” aircraft until replaced by the F-5 Tiger II. NASA operates a fleet of thirty-two aircraft for astronaut training and as chase planes. The last produced T-38 went to the US Air Force in 1972. The T-38 has undergone significant upgrades in avionics, propulsion and structural elements to extend service life. These aircraft received the designation T-38C.
Northrop T-38A Talon specifications
- Crew: two, student and instructor
- Length: 14.14 m (46 ft 4.5 in)
- Wingspan: 7.7 m (25 ft 3 in)
- Height: 3.92 m (12 ft 10.5 in)
- Empty weight: 3,270 kg (7,200 lb)
- Engine: two General Electric J85-5A afterburning turbojets.
- Maximum speed: 1,381 km/h (858 mph), Mach 1.3
- Range: 1,835 km (1,140 mi)
- MTOW: 5,485 kg (12093 lb)
- Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft).