Northrop T-38 Talon

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Northrop T-38
Northrop T-38.jpg
Type Military aircraft, Military trainer aircraft
Configuration Delta-wing aircraft, Low wing aircraft
Propulsion Twinjet (Jet aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer Northrop
  • David Culp (FDM)
  • Erik Hofman
  • Innis Cunningham
  • Capt. Slug (3D)
--aircraft= T38
Status Alpha
 FDM Stars-3.png
 Systems Stars-1.png
 Cockpit Stars-0.png
 Model Stars-2.png
Supports Mid-air refueling
 Website The website for the Northrop T-38 developments.
 Repository The development repository of the Northrop T-38.
Download Download the Northrop T-38 aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
License GPLv2+

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engined 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 2015 in air forces throughout the world.

The United States Air Force (USAF) operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The US Naval Test Pilot School is the principal US 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 2015, the T-38 has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator, the United States Air Force.

FlightGear's T-38 uses a 2D cockpit, and demonstrates how instruments can be minimized and maximized in 2D panels. Although the real aircraft does not have a radar, it was chosen to be a demonstrator of radar in the simulator, and can therefore display AI aircraft on a radar screen.

Development status/Issues/Todo


  • Flaps are extended by default
  • Front cockpit seat is not solid, and can be seen through when looking from behind.
  • No pilot or co-pilot visible in cockpit
  • Aircraft has no shadow
  • No aircraft lighting available


  • No textures used
  • No stick, rudder, throttle, gear and flap objects


  • Engines have no sound
  • Engine sound in cockpit does not differ from outside engine sound
  • No HUD available
  • No sound when toggling flaps

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