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The first prototype of what would become the Northrop T-38 Talon and F-5 Freedom Fighters
flew on April 10, 1959. The first Talon entered service on March 17, 1961 at Randolph AFB. The
USAF and NASA used the Talon to help their pilots maintain their proficiency. NASA especially
liked the T-38 for its much lower operating and maintenance costs compared to the F-18 they had
tried. Because of the low cost to operate the T-38 the USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team
used them from 1974 – 1983 during the OPEC oil embargo.
In 2005 Northrop T-38 Talon 68-8150 belonged to the 7th Combat Training Squadron at
Holloman AFB. The Talons were used for transitional training for the F-117 and providing
aggressor attacks against the Nighthawk carried out over the New Mexico desert sky. In 2005 the
decision was made to retire the F-117 in favor of the F-22 Raptor. On December 17, 2006 the
7th CTS at Holloman AFB was inactivated after 65 years of active duty. T-38 Talon 68-8150
continued with the 49th FW helping to train Raptor pilots.
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