Sharpening their talons: 9th MXG maintainers keep T-38s working
By Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 01, 2018
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Recce Town’s T-38 Talons are a part of the companion trainer program, which provides U-2 Dragon Lady pilots with general flight training so they can keep their flying hours current. T-38 mechanics are responsible for keeping the Talons in working order. The mechanics recover the aircraft, perform inspections, provide refueling, and conduct scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. On average, the T-38s fly between 10 and 15 sorties a day. This pace allows up to 30 pilots to fly each day and helps keep them sharp.