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Northrop T-38 Talon (NASA Chase Plane)

32.5k ACEPILOT109  8 days ago

Northrop T-38 Talon!

NASA Chase Plane!

A chase plane is an aircraft that "chases" a "subject" aircraft, spacecraft or rocket, for the purposes of making real-time observations and taking air-to-air photographs and video of the "subject aircraft", during flight.
Safety can be one function of a chase plane; others are to photograph or video the target vehicle, or to collect engineering data from it. Chase planes may be used during test flights, and for many years the best way to ensure the safety of an experimental aircraft was to fly alongside it and observe the flight. -Wikipedia

Why make a T-38?

it looks cool! I always loved this plane every time I saw it. I really just thought it was cool, that's why I made it. also because I used my F-100 as a chase plane on multiplayer. it had bad fuel rates and never flew straight. I designed this plane to be the slightest bit more tail heavy. that way it would only pitch down a little bit in level flight. that's also true when inverted, and in a climb the plane has a more that 1:1 trust to weight ratio.

Conrols!

there are no activation controls.
normal flight controls
gear is gear
trim is trim

Advice
don't use Auto Pilot when in fast motion. it will start to "flutter"

Extra stuff

not sure what my next build will be. I may build an XB-70 or space shuttle. that way I can actually use my chase plane. I'm more likely to build an XB-70 but I will take other recommendations. I'm also into making a SR-71 black bird, well its actually a really dark blue. so yeah, ill take some build ideas.

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ACEPILOT109 8/10/2019

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 25.6ft (7.8m)
  • Length 46.0ft (14.0m)
  • Height 13.5ft (4.1m)
  • Empty Weight 7,190lbs (3,261kg)
  • Loaded Weight 9,183lbs (4,165kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.957
  • Wing Loading 27.0lbs/ft2 (131.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 340.2ft2 (31.6m2)
  • Drag Points 3774

Parts

  • Number of Parts 151
  • Control Surfaces 5
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    Hey dude, this is really random but do you think you could help me with something? I’m trying to work on a new build, but for some reason part isn’t working, and idk why. If you can I’ll post an unlisted version and explain everything. @ACEPILOT109

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    32.5k ACEPILOT109

    Yeah lol @Natedog120705

    7 days ago
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    Cool dude! Chase planes are actually pretty neat, especially the first picture @ACEPILOT109

    7 days ago
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    32.5k ACEPILOT109

    @Natedog120705 here it is (:

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    32.5k ACEPILOT109

    @Nobodygood ha ha! that's pretty funny, yeah I only made a T-38 because of the X-29. lol

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    2,203 Nobodygood

    @ACEPILOT109 Oh damn, should've checked you uploads first lol. And yeah, they are both (sort of) based on the F-5 tiger II, with the X-29 just stealing the cockpit and the T-38 being an updated version (as far as I am aware) I'll try and give you an idea you haven't already made lol.

    8 days ago
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    @Nobodygood thank you! this is funny because making This is what made me want to make a T-38! I used a lot of the tame technique with building this plane so actually I can agree, they do look alike! (not the same body, I remade this whole plane from scratch and they still look the same, kind of).

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    2,203 Nobodygood

    You could do a Grumman X-29 if you're looking for an evolutionary build to this one, since they are almost the same nose section. Great build btw, glad to see some love for the cameraman!

    8 days ago
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    6,984 Diloph

    @ACEPILOT109 dood, check out my landing gear or someone else's landingear to get tips on how u do it

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    @Diloph I agree, I'm kind of a noob at landing gear. although I am trying to teach myself how. I would say my next build will be better.

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    6,984 Diloph

    u need the overload mod and make realistic landing gear, than this would be so amazing!

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    When I test I always push it to its limits, you can trust me@ACEPILOT109

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    Also can I test it?

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    K@ACEPILOT109

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    @thefalkenreich oh no. not a stunt
    I want to make all 3 of those planes actually, all on my list to make! but XB-70 will be out soon!!!!

    8 days ago
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    And make a Chase F-104 sp you can do a little stunt with the XB-70

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    Please make the XB-70, it’s my 2nd favourite next to the CF-105

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    2,230 edensk

    the wings tho

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    Oh

    @ACEPILOT109

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    32.5k ACEPILOT109

    Oh I didn’t mean to copy that! That was my bad. I copied you name and it put that @FreeRangedLemon

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    32.5k ACEPILOT109

    ? Huh? @FreeRangedLemon

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    @Feanor thanks for the spotlight! haven't got one in a while!

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    @ACEPILOT109 haha np

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