Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21UM

The MiG-21UM (NATO Mongul) is a two-seat, single-engine trainer variant of the MiG-21MF (NATO Fishbed). It was developed in the late 1950s, was in production until 1972 and is the most produced supersonic fighter in history with approximately 11,500 rolling off of the assembly lines.  Having served in over 60 countries, the MiG-21 remains in service in 18 air forces across the world.  The aircraft is powered by a single afterburning R11-F2S-300 Tumanski engine capable of 13,600 lbs thrust in maximum afterburner.  The MiG-21’s maximum weight is 20,900 lbs, it has no published service ceiling and has routinely operated in excess of 70,000 ft and Mach 2.  The load factor limits are +7.0/-3 g’s. The NTPS MiG-21 is equipped with operational ejection seats and current pyrotechnics.

L-39 Albatross

The Aero Vodochody L-39C “Albatross” is a two-seat, single-engine jet trainer. It was developed to train pilots for Eastern Block MiG, Sukhoi and other aircraft. To date, more than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatross is the most widely used jet trainer in the world performing basic pilot training, advanced pilot training and light ground attack missions. The aircraft is powered by a single AI-25TL, non-afterburning turbofan engine, generating a maximum of 3,800 lbs of thrust. The L-39 has a maximum takeoff weight of 10,380 lbs. The aircraft is capable of altitudes approaching 37,000 ft and at low gross weights, the load factor limits are +8.0/-4.0 g’s. The NTPS L-39 aircraft are equipped with operational ejection seats with current pyrotechnics.


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.



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.


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.   


Contact Info

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