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North American T-39 Sabreliner

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Development

Entwicklung

North American began development of the Sabreliner as an in-house project, and in response to the UTX request for proposals, they offered a military version to the Air Force. UTX combined two different roles, personnel transport and combat readiness training into the same aircraft.

The original Navy version, the T3J-1 was redesignated T-39D after the 1962 re-designation), was fitted with the radar system from the F3H-1 Demon all-weather fighter and used as a radar trainer for pilots of that aircraft. The T-39D aircraft was subsequently introduced into the Basic Naval Aviation Observer (NAO), later Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) program. Three versions of the T-39D were used throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s: one without radar for high altitude instrument navigation training and low altitude visual navigation training in the SNFO Intermediate syllabus, a second variant equipped with the APQ-126 radar from the A-7 Corsair II for training primarily bombardier/navigators, reconnaissance attack navigators and electronic countermeasures officers, and a third variant with the APQ-94 radar from the F-8 Crusader for training radar intercept officers in fighter aircraft.

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Variants

Versionen

T3J-1
T-39D

Radar systems trainer for the US Navy, equipped with AN/APQ-94 radar for radar intercept officer training and the AN/APQ-126 radar for bombardier/navigator training, 42 built.

T3J-1
T-39D

 

CT-39E
VT-39E

cargo/transport version, with JT12A-8 engines, originally designated VT-39E, seven second-hand aircraft.

CT-39E
VT-39E

 

CT-39G

cargo/transport version based on the stretched fuselage Sabreliner 60, JT12 engines equipped with thrust reversers, 13 bought.

CT-39G

 

T-39N

Navy trainer for the Undergraduate Flight Officer Training program.

T-39N

 

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Operational history

Einsatzgeschichte

 

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Specifications

Technische Daten

Specifications

T-39D

Wingspan

Spannweite

13.56 m

Length

Länge

13.41 m

Height

Höhe

4.88 m

Wing area

Flügelfläche

31.79 m²

Engine

Motor

2× Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3 turbojet, 3,000 lbf each

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

885 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

4,199 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

8,056 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

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Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

12,200 m

Range

Reichweite

4,020 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

none

Capacity Zuladung 5–7 passengers
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Serials

Seriennummern

North American T-39 Sabreliner
T-39D 150542 - 150551  8
T-39D 150969 - 150992  24
T-39D 151336 - 151347  12
CT-39E 157352 - 157354  3
CT-39E 158380 - 158383  4
CT-39E 158843 - 158844  2

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