The T-38 is a supersonic jet trainer and was the world's first and most produced supersonic trainer. It was manufactured by Northrop Corporation and designed by Edgar Schmued. The T-38 was designed in the mid-1950s as the trainer variant of a lightweight fighter project by the Northrop Corporation. On March 17, 1961, the T-38 officially entered service with the USAF, complementing the T-37 primary jet trainer. There were 1,187 T-38s built when production ended in 1972. Since the time T-38s were produced, there's an estimated 50,000 military pilots who have trained on the aircraft. The USAF remained one of the few armed flying forces using dedicated supersonic final trainers. The T-38A was the most built variant of the T-38 and several T-38s were converted for weapons training. The T-38C is based from the T-38A with structural and avionics upgrades.
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