Northrop T-38 Talon

The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service in air forces throughout the world. The United States Air Force (USAF) is the largest operator of the T-38. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA, the USAF Test Pilot School and the US Naval Test Pilot School. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric J-85 afterburning engines. Maximum weight is 12,500 lbs. The aircraft’s service ceiling is in excess of 50,000 ft and the load factor limits are +7.33/-3 g’s. The aircraft is equipped with Northop ejection seats.


Eurocopter EC-145

The EC145 is a Part 29 twin-engine light utility helicopter with a maximum gross weight of 3585 kg (7905 lbs.). The EC145 is equipped with two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 engines that deliver 530 horsepower for takeoff, and up to 770 horsepower during single engine operations. It is certified for single pilot VFR/IFR day, night and NVG operations. The large air conditioned cabin has seating for up to 8. The aircraft is used for a wide range of flight test training activities including Civil Certification, FLIR, NVG, Performance, Flying Qualities and Autopilot evaluations.



Aermacchi MB-326M Impala

The Aermacchi MB-326M "Impala" is a single-engine jet trainer and light attack aircraft. It is a tandem, two-seat aircraft with a basic weight of 5,500 lbs and a maximum weight of 9,600 lbs, capable of carrying external stores on six underwing stations. The aircraft is powered by a single Rolls Royce Viper MK22-1 engine rated at 2,500 lbs static sea level thrust. Limiting speed is 450 KCAS or 0.8 Mach. The aircraft’s service ceiling is in excess of 40,000 ft and the load factor limits are +7.5/-2.5 g’s. The aircraft is equipped with Martin Baker ejection seats capable of zero speed, zero altitude ejections. One aircraft is instrumented for P & FQ including spins,  loads and flutter, manual bombing and is equipped with telemetry to support those missions. Another Impala is also instrumented for P & FQ and spins and has the on-board Pi data recording system.   

Beech 76A Duchess

The Duchess is a light twin engine aircraft powered by two Avco Lycoming engines, each rated at 180 horsepower at 2700 RPM. The aircraft is equipped with two Hartzell, constant speed, full feathering, two bladed propellers that rotate in opposite directions to minimize asymmetric power in the event of engine failure. The aircraft is used to demonstrate the single engine characteristics of a light twin engine aircraft.

Bell OH-58C Kiowa

The OH-58C, is a four-place, single-main rotor, light helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine.  It has a 2-bladed main rotor and a 2-bladed tail rotor.  Maximum gross weight of the helicopter is 3200 lbs.  It is equipped with fixed, skid type landing gear.  The main rotor flight controls are hydraulically boosted and the cyclic control incorporates a force gradient trim system.  The school has two aircraft, both of which are instrumented for performance and flying qualities with real time displays on board and solid state recording systems for more detailed post-flight analysis.


Contact Info

National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943