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  • The North American T2J-1, later re-designated the T-2A, entered service in the mid-1950's, and was the U.S. Navy's advanced trainer until its replacement by the T-45 Goshawk in 2004. The two-seat trainer was originally powered by one Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 which was replaced by two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-6 engines in the T-2B, then by two GE J85-GE-4 turbojet engines in the T-2C version. Later versions included the T-2D which was exported to Venezuela and the T-2E version exported to Greece.
  • The T-2 has no internal armament but supports guns, rockets and bombs on external hard-points. A total of 273 Buckeyes were manufactured by North American Aviation at their Columbus, Ohio factory. Every carrier-qualified pilot in the U.S. Navy that trained during its career made his first trap flying a version of the T-2.



Status: Unrestored
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Year: 1960
Model: T-2A Buckeye
Registration Number: 
Serial Number:
Crew: 2
Max T/O Weight: 9,916 lb.
Span: 36 ft. 0 in.
Length: 38 ft. 8 in.
Height: 14 ft. 9 in.
Maximum Speed: 492 mph
Cruise Speed: 422 mph
Rate of Climb:  5,000 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x Westinghouse J34-WE-46 turbojet engine, 3,400 lb. thrust
Range: 550 miles
Service Ceiling: 44,400 ft.
Armament: Hard points for gun pods and bombs


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