A Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) crashed on 20 November, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other.
The twin-seat jet came down approximately 23 km northwest of its home station of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas. While one of the crew members died in the crash, the other ejected before later being transferred to hospital with unspecified injuries.
As yet the USAF has provided no details as to a possible cause for the incident, which is now being investigated.
Although the latest T-38C entered service in 2002, it is based on the T-38A platform, which began operations in 1961. Production of the airframe ceased in 1972, at which time more than 1,100 T-38As had been delivered. As well as the 453 T-38Cs that remain in use today, the air force also fields 50 of its original T-38As.
The Air Education and Training Command (AETC) uses the T-38 to train pilots for front-line types once they have completed their basic flying training on the Beechcraft T-6A Texan II. Further to its pilot training role, the T-38 is also utilised as a 'Red Air' Aggressor platform for combat tactics training.
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