The Rise of the T-7A Red Hawk

An exciting new advanced jet trainer was introduced into US Air Force (USAF) service on March 17, 1961. The world’s first purpose-designed supersonic trainer, Northrop’s sleek T-38 Talon, was devised around a pair of afterburning General Electric J85 turbojets and joined the Cessna T-37 ‘Tweet’ primary trainer in an all-jet instructional program optimized for the latest frontline warplanes.

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