T-38 arrives to supplement F-22 training

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    UNITED STATES - 4 APRIL 2011

    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Following a successful test run last March and approval by Air Combat Command, the first T-38 Talon, TDY from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., arrived at Langley AFB April 1 to begin the 1st Operations Group T-38 Adversary Air Program.

    Col. Matt Molloy, 1st Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Kevin Mastin, 1 FW vice commander, escorted the aircraft to Langley to bolster F-22 Raptor training using cost-effective training exercises and supplementing flight training for future pilots.

    Following the completion of an environmental survey in the fall, the planes will be reassigned permanently to the 1 FW. The Wing expects to receive the remaining six T-38s gradually over the coming months.

    According to Lt. Col. Derek Wyler, 1 OG Adversary Air Program lead, the program provides adversary support for training scenarios. The T-38s will serve in a "red air," or enemy capacity, while F-22s will fly as "blue air," or friendly forces. Each T-38 can be flown as often as three times daily to provide adversary support at a fraction of the cost of launching a Raptor. The reduction of flying time on the Raptor combined with the lower operating cost of the T-38s will save the Wing considerable money.

    "The reduction in the Air Force's inventory of fourth-generation fighters (F-15s) placed an increased emphasis on finding a suitable, yet cost-effective platform to keep F-22 pilots current with combat readiness training," Colonel Wyler explained. "This T-38 program is a very economical solution to a difficult problem."

    In addition, the Talons serve as proficiency trainers for Raptor pilots as the aircraft is difficult to detect when airborne.

    "This will sharpen the talons of the Raptor pilots," Colonel Molloy said. "The T-38 is small, nimble and difficult to find in the air. Combine that with a low radar cross-section and low electromagnetic emissions, and this plane will punish a Raptor pilot's mistakes if they make them."

    These processes will take time to build and perfect, but the arrival of the T-38s is the first step in bringing the project to fruition.

    "This is the culmination of a long road. It took a lot of work by a whole lot of people to bring these planes here," Colonel Wyler said. "Finally getting an airplane on the ramp at Langley is a big event."



    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F-22 Raptor escorts a T-38 Talon to Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 1, 2011. The T-38 Talon, flown by Col. Kevin Mastin, 1st Fighter Wing vice commander, is on a temporary assignment to support the F-22 Raptors and provide hands-on combat readiness training for 1 FW pilots.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F-22 Raptor escorts a T-38 Talon to Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 1, 2011. The T-38 Talon is assigned to Holloman AFB, N.M., and is being used to support F-22 Raptor combat readiness training.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F-22 Raptor takes off from Langley Air Force Base, Va., to escort a T-38 Talon, from Holloman AFB, N.M., April 1, 2011. The T-38 is on temporary assignment to support combat readiness training for the 1st FW pilots.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- A T-38 Talon arrives at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 1, 2011, from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The aircraft, flown by Col. Kevin Mastin, 1st Fighter Wing vice commander, is temporarily assigned to the 1st FW to support the F-22 Raptors and provide hands-on combat readiness training for 1st FW pilots.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Col. Kevin Mastin, 1st Fighter Wing vice commander, arrives at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 1, 2011, in a T-38 Talon. The T-38, from Holloman AFB, N.M., is on a temporary duty assignment to support the F-22 Raptors and provide hands-on combat readiness training for 1st FW pilots.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F-22 Raptor lands on the Langley Air Force Base, Va., flightline after escorting a T-38 Talon from Holloman AFB, N.M., April 1, 2011. The T-38 is temporarily assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing to support combat readiness training for the pilots.
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    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F-22 Raptor and a T-38 Talon arrive at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 1, 2011. The T-38 is temporarily assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing to support combat readiness training for the pilots.
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