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North American T-39A Sabreliner

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American T-39A Sabreliner being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on April 12, 2016. This aircraft is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the collection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American T-39A Sabre Liner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American T-39A Sabre Liner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American T-39A Sabre Liner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American T-39A Sabre Liner at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


From August 1968 until early 1973, this T-39A Sabreliner was assigned to Bergstrom AFB, Texas, in support of former President Lyndon B. Johnson as he traveled to and from his ranch in nearby Stonewall. Originally designed for a crew of two with four passengers, this T-39A was retrofitted with a special VIP interior to accommodate six passengers and three crewmembers.

Following President Johnson’s death in January 1973, this aircraft flew as a test bed for advanced avionics and communication equipment as part of the SPECKLED TROUT research and development program. Nicknamed “Speckled Minnow” due to its small size, this T-39A continued to serve as an executive transport for many government and Air Force officials until its retirement to the museum in October 1984.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-3s of 3,000 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 538 mph
Range: 1,700 miles
Ceiling: 42,000 feet
Weight: 15,218 lbs.

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