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Space History Photo: Northrop T-38A Talon

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The Talon flew as a mission support aircraft at Langley from 1972 to 1980. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, this Northrop T-38A flew at Langley from 1972 until 1980, when it was returned to the Johnson Space Center's flight operations at Ellington AFB, Texas.

While at Langley, the Talon flew as a mission support aircraft and participated in aircraft noise studies. It was also used as an adversary against the XV-6A Kestrel "jump jet" in one-on-one combat to test Vectoring in Forward Flight (VIFF).

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