|T-2C Buckeye making an arrested landing|
|Primary users||United States Navy|
Greek Air Force
|Developed from||FJ Fury|
The North American T-2 Buckeye is the United States Navy's advanced training aircraft, introducing Student Naval Flight Officers to air combat and basic fighter maneuvering. It has been in service since the 1950s, though as of the early 21st century is slowly being retired.
The T-2 is a straight-winged jet, with performance between that of the Air Force's T-37, and the TA-4 Skyhawk which was used for advanced training. In the Naval Aviator syllabus, the T-2 has been replaced by the near-sonic T-45 Goshawk (the US Navy version of the BAe Hawk), which is more comparable to other high performance subsonic trainers, or the USAF T-38 Talon. The T-2 has been noted as one of the less elegant looking aircraft designs to be put into service (see culture section).
The first version of the aircraft entered service in the mid-1950s as the T2J-1. It was re-designated the T-2A in 1962 under the joint aircraft designation system. The two-seat trainer was powered by one Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 engine. The aircraft was subsequently redesigned, and the single engine was replaced with two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-6 engines in the T-2B. The T-2C was fitted with two General Electric J85-GE-4 engines. The T-2D was an export version which was sold to the Venezuelan air force. The T-2E was another export version which was sold to the Greek Air Force. The T-2 Buckeye replaced the T2V-1/T-1A Seastar, though the T-1 would continue in some uses into the 1970s.
Virtually every Naval aviator from the late 1950's until 2004 received training in the T-2 Buckeye, a career spanning four decades.
Several T-2 Buckeyes are now registered in civilian markings and regularly appear at airshows.
Specifications (T-2C Buckeye)
From VT-4 Rubber Ducks Hymnal:
GIVE ME OPERATIONS
Don't give me a T-2 Buckeye, so ugly it makes aviators cry,
Flying it is no chore, but Christ what an eyesore,
Don't give me a T-2 Buckeye,
- VT-4 Hymnal
- Standard Aircraft Characteristics: Navy Model T-2B Aircraft - Original document (NAVAIR 00-110AT2-2, January, 1970) scanned and archived by the Naval Historical Center
- T-2C Buckeye Photo
- pre 1962 Navy: TJ - T2J - T3J
- pre 1962 Navy: T2J - T2V
- post 1962 Tri-service: T-1 SeaStar - T-1 Jayhawk - T-2 - T-3 - (skips)- T-6
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