North American T-2 Buckeye

The North American T-2 Buckeye was the United States Navy’s intermediate training aircraft, introduced to transition U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps student naval aviators and student naval flight officers from prop trainers to jet trainers.

It entered service in 1959, and was replaced in 2008.

Variants

T-2A

Two-seat intermediate jet training aircraft, powered by a 3,400-lb (1542-kg) thrust Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 turbojet, original designation T2J-1 Buckeye, 217 built

YT-2B

Two T-2As were converted into T-2B prototype aircraft.

T-2B

Improved version, it was powered by two 3,000-lb (1360-kg) thrust Pratt & Whitney J60-P-6 turbojets; 97 were built.

YT-2C

One T-2B was converted into a T-2C prototype aircraft.

T-2C

Final production version for the U.S. Navy, it was powered by two 2,950-lbf thrust General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojets; 231 were built.

DT-2B and DT-2C

Small numbers of T-2Bs and T-2Cs were converted into drone directors.

T-2D

Export version for Venezuela, 12 built

T-2E

Export version for Greece, 40 built

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

38 ft 3+1⁄2 in (11.671 m)

Wingspan

38 ft 1+1⁄2 in (11.621 m) (over tip tanks)

Height

14 ft 9+1⁄2 in (4.509 m)

Wing area

255 sq ft (23.7 m2)

Airfoil

NACA 64A212

Empty weight

8,115 lb (3,681 kg)

Max take-off weight

13,179 lb (5,978 kg)

Fuel capacity

691 US gal (575 imp gal; 2,620 L) total

Powerplant

2 × General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojets, 2,950 lbf (13.1 kN) thrust each

Performance

Maximum speed

453 kn (521 mph, 839 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

Stall speed

86.6 kn (99.7 mph, 160.4 km/h)

Range

909 nmi (1,046 mi, 1,683 km)

Service ceiling

40,400 ft (12,300 m)

Rate of climb

6,200 ft/min (31 m/s).

 

 

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