CT-39A Sabreliner

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Manufacturer: North American
Designation: CT-39
Version: A
Nickname: Sabreliner
Type: Trainer & Utility Transport
Length: 43' 9"  
Height: 16'  
Wingspan: 44' 5"  
Payload: 4 to 8 passenger; 2,500lb cargo  
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3
Thrust (each): 3000  
Range: 2,118 miles  
Max Speed: 563.00 Mph    
Ceiling: 42,000 ft    


The T-39 was based on the Rockwell Sabreliner 40 commercial aircraft. Air
Force and Navy T-39's were equipped with radar and LORAN navigational equipment
and used to train navigators and F-105 aircrews. The T-39 was originally
designed to meet the USAF "UTX" requirement for a combat readiness trainer, as a
fast transport ,and as a utility aircraft. Tactical Air Command had six B models
equipped with a Doppler Navigation System and NASARR all weather search and
range radar as installed in the F-105 Thunderchief. The Navy used 36 D models
for maritime radar indoctrination training.


The museum's CT-39A, serial number 62-4465, was the command aircraft of the
late General Jerome O'Malley, commanding officer of the Tactical Air Command.
The museum's T-39 was removed from the Air Force inventory and flown to the
museum at March Air Force Base in May 1985.  General O'Malley was killed in a
landing crash of another T-39 in Scranton, PA, in April, 1985. This aircraft is
on loan from the NMUSAF.


The dates and specific history of our CT-39A are given below.

T-39A, s/n 62-4465, was manufactured by North American Aviation, Inglewood CA
and delivered to the USAF on 2 Apr 1963. Its assignments were:

Apr 1963  - To 6550th Support Wing (AFSC), Patrick AFX FL

May 1964  - To 3245th Air Base Wing (AFSC), Hanscom AFB MA

Jun 1973  - To North American, Los Angeles CA

Sep 1973  - To 6590th Support Squadron (AFSC), Andrews AFB MD

Oct 1973  - To Air Proving Ground Center (AFSC), Eglin AFB FL

Jun 1975  - To 1st Composite Wing (MAC), Andrews AFB MD

Jul 1975  - To 89th Military Airlift (Special Missions) Wing (MAC), Andrews

Jun 1977  - To 4950th Test Wing (AFSC), Wright-Patterson AFB OH (to CT-39A)

Mar 1978 -  To 1402nd Military Airlift Squadron (MAC), Andrews AFB MD
(deployed to Peterson AFB C0)

Oct 1978  - Unit moved to Langley AFB VA (joint operations with 89th Military
Airlift (SM) Group, Andrews AFB MD)

May 1985  - Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum or school

According to Archie Difante, Archivist at the Air Force Historical Research
Agency (AFHRS/RSA), Maxwell AFB, AL, the total flight hours for this aircraft is
16,507.1 hours.