North American T-39N 'Sabreliner'

Notes: Advanced version of T-39A used for training undergraduate naval flight officers.
  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:T-39
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Trainer
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 , FL
7 Missing in Crash of Two Navy Jets Off Florida
Thu May 9, 9:50 AM ET

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard and Navy rescuers picked up pieces of debris on Thursday from two U.S. Navy jets that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico but found no signs of seven missing crew members, the Coast Guard said.

The two T-39 Sabreliners were on a training flight when they disappeared from radar on Wednesday about 40 miles south of Pensacola in the northeastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, with three people on one plane and four on the other.
Two Coast Guard aircraft, two Coast Guard ships and a Navy vessel searched a rapidly spreading debris field, said Petty Officer Mark Mackowiak.
"Right now we haven't found much of any substantial size. We've found some aircraft skin, insulation, wiring, pieces of equipment," he said. "Unfortunately we have not located any signs of life at this point."
Search conditions were favorable with 3-foot seas and good visibility, he said. Rescue crews were likely to continue the search at least through the day.
It was unclear whether the twin-jet aircraft, which resemble small business jets, collided or whether either had made distress calls. Rescue crews found two debris fields about six miles apart, Mackowiak said.
The planes went down about 4:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, shortly after taking off from the Pensacola Naval Air Station on a routine training mission.
The planes are not equipped with ejector seats, and there was no word whether those aboard were Navy personnel or included some civilian contractors.
05/09/2002 @ 12:31 [ref: 4907]
 Allen Barksdale
 , TX
To all who are concerned, the T-39 is alive and well and flying thousands of hours a year in Florida. The Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force as well as many countries from around the world train their future tactical NFO\'s, WSO\'s, and Navigators in the T-39G\'s and T-39N\'s all based out of NAS Pensacola, FL. The T-39N is fitted with the AN/APG 66N advanced multi mode radar (a watered down version of the F-16\'s radar) to train NFO\'s and WSO\'s in ground mapping/low level navigation as well as Air-to-Air radar intercept basics. It has accomidations for 3 crew members (pilot, student, and instructor in the jump seat) and room for 3 observers in the back. The T-39G can seat 3 crew and as many as 7-8 passengers in the back. The T-39G does not have the AN/APG 66N radar but does have a GPS nav system. It was a blast to fly while I was there and I doubt if many people know that they are still in service in this capcity. The 12-15 aircraft are spread out between VT-4, VT-10, and VT-86. If you would like to know more, feel free to email me!

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04/30/2001 @ 20:18 [ref: 2186]


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