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North American T-39 Sabreliner
North American designed the Sabreliner to meet the USAF UTX (Utility
Trainer Experimental) requirement in 1956. The prototype first flew in September
1958. It was powered by two General Electric YJ-85 turbojet engines each rated
at 2,500 lb. of thrust. The USAF ordered the T-39A version which used two Pratt
& Whitney J60-P-3 turbojets, each rated at 3,000 lb. thrust. The A version
had maximum cruising speed of 436 knots with a range of 1,693 nautical miles and
a service ceiling of 39,000 feet.
North American T-39E Sabreliner
North American went on to create five versions of the T-39 for the USAF and the
Navy. The USAF ordered six T-39B versions as radar trainers for the Republic
F-105 Thunderchief. Naval flight officers used the D and E version for
navigational, radar training and electronic warfare training. North American
also sold the Sabreliner as a civil transport in four models. The final civil
model was the Sabreliner 75A with a maximum cruise speed of 460 knots and a
range of 1,700 miles.
- Type - Fixed Wing Transport
- Manufacturer - North American
- Designation - T-39E
- Nickname - Sabreliner
- Span - 44 ft 5.25 in
- Length -43 ft 9 in
- Height - 16 ft
- Weight - 18,650 lb. max.
- Armament - None
- Engine - Two Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 3,300 lb. turbo jets.
- Maximum speed - 489 kts.
- Cruising speed - 430 kts.
- Range 1,840 nautical miles
- Service Ceiling: 39,000 ft.
- Crew - 2 plus 10 passengers
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