U.S. Navy Training Aircraft From World War II to Today, Part 2

Here’s a second scrapbook of U.S. Navy and Marines training aircraft from the dawn of the jet engine through today. This edition contains turbine-engined aircraft, our previous version (already published) contained piston-engined aircraft.

This TF-9J Cougar was the first swept wing jet trainer used by the Navy, here it sits in the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) on Celebrity Row, one of the last of her kind.

This TA-3B Skywarrior, also used as an electronic countermeasures training aircraft, is shown after landing at Westover Air Reserve Base for an air show. The sturdy “Whales” served through Operation Desert Storm before they were retired.

This Grumman TC-4A Academe is a civilian Gulfstream executive transport with an A-6 Intruder bomber nose grafted onto it; the odd aircraft served as a bomber/navigator trainer. 

A quartet of TA-4J Skyhawks break over the Pensacola NAS during an air show. The twin-seat Skyhawk trainer aircraft served until the end of 1999.

The Cessna T-47A Citation was used as a bomber/navigator trainer until being replaced with refurbished T-39 Saberliner trainers.

This Beech TC-12B was a militarized Super Kingair, used to train Naval Flight Officers. The TC-12B was a modified UC-12B utility aircraft which was originally ordered in 1979. The final trainer versions of the Super Kingair  were retired in 2017.  This aircraft wears a special Centennial of Naval Aviation color scheme. 

The Navy’s T-45C is its standard carrier borne trainer, based upon the BAe Hawk.

The Raytheon/Beech T-44A Kingair is the Navy’s standard multi-engined turboprop trainer. This aircraft also wears a special CONA color scheme.

The T-39 Sabreliner is a modified transport that has been converted into a multi-engined jet trainer for Naval Flight Officers. Two versions exist, the T-39G and T-39N. 

The Beech T-34C was a long-serving turboprop-powered trainer which was replaced by the T-6A Texan II .

The Beechcraft T-6A Texan II turboprop won the JPATS (Joint Primary Aircraft Training System) competition for Navy and Air Force trainers, becoming operational around the year 2000. 

The T-6B Texan II is an upgraded version of the original T-6A, with a more powerful engine and avionics upgrading.

The T-2A/B/C Buckeye was an advanced jet trainer for the Navy and Marines. It was phased out with the introduction of the T-45 Goshawk.

The TH-57A/B/C Sea Ranger helicopter has been the primary training mount for naval helicopter training since 1968.

The Temco TT-1 Super Pinto never won a Navy contract, and was only produced in small numbers. 

LTV TA-7C Corsair II was a twin seat trainer version of the A-7 Corsair II series of combat jets.

The McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B is a training version of the Harrier II.

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