T-38 Talons used by the Republic of South Korea Air Force are being delivered back to the US Air Force.
January 19: Northrop T-38 Talon trainers previously used by the Republic of South Korea Air Force for pilot training are being delivered back to the US Air Force.
The first two aircraft were delivered to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in December with the help of NASA, which offered an Aero Spacelines Super Guppy used in many space programmes to transport spacecraft components to carry the fighters back from at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona.
An eventual 15 T-38s will be regenerated at Holloman and then flown to operating locations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Tyndall AFB in Florida, where they will be used as aggressor forces against F-22 Raptors during training.
The 15 Talons previously served with the US Air Force until 1997 when they were sent to the Republic of South Korea. In November 2009 they returned to the US, slated for retirement at Davis-Monthan, but it was decided it would be cost-effective to refurbish them. All 15 will be delivered to Holloman by the end of February, where the T-38 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Program is based.