aka... "The Talon"

The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles with Air Education and Training Command , Air Combat Command , Air Force Materiel Command and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38 to prepare pilots for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft such as the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15C Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Warthog and F/A-22 Raptor.

The T-38 needs as little as 2,300 feet (695.2 meters) of runway to take off and can climb from sea level to nearly 30,000 feet (9,068 meters) in one minute. 

A view of a 4-ship in close formation from the cockpit of the number 4 aircraft. 

The all black paint scheme on this aircraft is an example of a T-38 flown in Air Combat Command as a companion trainer to the U-2 program.

T-38 pilots fly a variety of training maneuvers including "fingertip" which spaces the aircraft as little as 3 feet apart.

Air Education and Training Command flys a unique composite formation of aircraft out of Randolph Air Force Base using 5 different airframes, including two T-38s as anchors on either side of the T-43.

Somehow we manage to squeeze in a little sightseeing along the way.  This is a view of the Shasta Dam.

A view of Crater Lake in Oregon from the cockpit of a T-38.

The Golden Gate bridge viewed from a T-38 while on a "bay tour".

Mount Shasta from a T-38.

Alcatraz with San Francisco in the background.

Landing in formation after another grueling day at the office.

For more information on the T-38 click on this LINK.