U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon jet trainer crashes, one pilot killed

A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon jet trainer assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed, at around 4 p.m. on Nov. 20, approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas.

One pilot of the aircraft was killed in the crash, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center.

The names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification. A board of officers will be convened to investigate the incident.

“Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen,” said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. “We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security.”

Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2017 in several air forces.

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School is the principal U.S. Navy operator (other T-38s were previously used as USN aggressor aircraft until replaced by the similar Northrop F-5 Tiger II).

Pilots of other NATO nations fly the T-38 in joint training programs with USAF pilots. As of 2017, the T-38 has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator, the United States Air Force.

47th Flying Training Wing



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