North American T-39D 'Sabreliner'

Notes: Navy version of T-39 series with AN/APQ-94 radar to train fleet aircrews (5 CREW) .
  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:T-39
  Equivalent to: T3J-1
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Trainer
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  Length: 44' 13.4 m
  Height:16' 4.8 m
  Wingspan: 44' 6" 13.5 m
  Wingarea: 342.5 sq ft 31.8 sq m
  Gross Weight: 18,649 lb 8,458 kg
  Max Weight: 18,650 lb 8,458 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3
  Thrust (each): 3,000 lb 1,360 kg

  Range: 2,850 miles 4,589 km
  Cruise Speed: 500 mph 805 km/h 435 kt
  Max Speed: 563 mph 906 km/h 489 kt
  Ceiling: 42,000 ft 12,801 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN BF Pensacola FL

Examples of this type may be found at
Patuxent River Naval Air MuseumPatuxent RiverMaryland
Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation MuseumPattersonLouisiana

T-39D on display

Naval Air Warfare Center

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 , MO
I am still working on a Sabre 40 and it is a great aircraft, I am from sweden but the system couldnt match this...
11/18/2008 @ 05:26 [ref: 23094]
 Bob Morris
 Wichita Falls, TX
I worked the T-39A for several years while in the Air Fotrce and after. The Vent valves in the wingtips were notorious for failing to close, 50 psi or not. I have left lots of fuel on the ground from them. There were no valves ,only test buttons for testing the wingtip shutoff valves. As you know thet didn't always work. I loved the Saber 40. It was (is) a really great acft. Not too many people know or remember that the 39 was in Southeast Asia ,Viet Nam ,Thailand and the P.I. It served as a courier and a recon, if you can believe that,Acft. I spent many hours on the acft and it flew better than some Airliners I have been on.
10/27/2005 @ 21:58 [ref: 11592]
 Al Harris
 Saint Louis, MO
This aircraft series began flying about 40 years ago and many of them are still going strong. There are about 300 civilian/commercial Sabreliners still flying worldwide. The T-39 military series included A, B, D, E, F, G, and N models and some of these are still in operation at NAS Pensacola, Edwards AFB, and China Lake. Sabreliner Corporation, originally a division of North American and purchased by private investors in 1983, is the OEM, maintains the Type Certificate, and provides a full range of support services. You can visit our web sites at www.sabreliner.com (commercial aircraft) and www.sabregov.com (government aircraft).
11/09/2004 @ 19:32 [ref: 8590]
 Lee Trickett
 , MA
I worked T39B's & A's for four+ years. Normal refuel pressure was 35-55 PSI Max. The 39 "autofuels" itself meaning once the buttons by the SPR are set life is good. I have lost some fuel from the vents because the shutoffs didn't move fast enough... but a couple of thumps on the wing did the trick. If you lost a lot of fuel it's probably because the Pri & Sec refuel valve test wasn't done... testing the shutoff valves. T-39's had their own personalites and Navy birds saw more severe service than their AF sisters.
01/02/2002 @ 19:26 [ref: 3962]
 George Sundberg
 San Diego, CA
I operate a aircraft refuel operation. we refueled a T39
and had a fuel spill out of the aft of the aircraft, the fuel dump opening. The pilot said we were not delivering the fuel at 50PSI which we were. Is it required to deliver fuel to this aircraft 50PSI atleast, or did the pilot forget to shut a valve. I also have a previous incendent were a T39 Saberliner leaked fuel from vents on both wings.

Thank You for any input you have regurding this aircraft.

George Sundberg

09/01/2001 @ 09:31 [ref: 3083]


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