And we’re not one bit sorry, given this aircraft’s unique lines, impressive silhouette and, why not, non-combat capabilities.
The Talon was born in the late 1950s in the hangars of Northrop as a twin-engine two-seater machine. It was specifically designed for pilot training as part of the Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and even NASA.
The plane is powered by two General Electric turbojet engines with afterburners that spit out 2,900 pounds of thrust, enough to get the planes to speeds of up to Mach 1.08 (829 mph/1,334 kph).
As said, the USAF seems to have become quite proud of these planes, and keeps showing them. The latest release centered on the Talons shows three of them, deployed with the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, as they fly over Georgia during the Sentry Savannah 22-1 exercise at the beginning of last month.
This particular squadron is described by the USAF as an adversary one, meaning it provides “threat replication, primarily for the F-22 Raptor formal training unit, the 43rd Fighter Squadron."
With these pointy machines before us (so pointy that they kind of look like dart arrows in the sky), the scenery below the planes, showing the wild landscapes of the state, almost go unnoticed.