North American T-2 Buckeye

North American T-2 Buckeye

About the Aircraft

North American T-2 Buckeye

The Hickory Aviation Museum’s T-2C Bureau Number 158327 is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Numerous local and state aviators began their jet training in the Buckeye. Coordinated by Kyle & Kregg Kirby.

First flown in 1958, T-2 Buckeye (its original designation was T2J-1) jet trainer aircraft were produced for the U.S. Navy by North American Aviation at Columbus, Ohio. T-2 trainers were used by the Naval Air Training Command to conduct basic jet flight training for future Navy and Marine Corps aviators. The trainer established an outstanding record of safety and reliability while providing training for more than 11,000 students to pilot 18 different models of Navy jet aircraft.

Buckeyes also were purchased by Venezuela (T-2D) and Greece (T-2E). The two-place, high-performance T-2 Buckeye was used for a wide variety of pilot training, from the student’s first jet flight to fully qualified flight. The aircraft was used for teaching a wide range of skills, including high-altitude, high-speed formation and aerobatic flights; basic and radio instruments; night and day navigation; and gunnery, bombing and carrier operations.

National origin United States of America
Manufacturer North American Aviation
First flight 31 January 1958
Introduction November 1959
Retired Semi-Retired
Status Retired, USN 2008; still in service w/Hellenic Air Force
Primary users United States Air Navy, Hellenic (Greece) Air Force, Venezuelan Air Force
Produced 1958–1970
Number built 529
Propulsion 2 × General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojet
Unit cost Less than US$2 million (in 1958 dollars)
North American T-2 Buckeye BuNo 158327

General Characteristics


Crew: 2 (Student and Pilot)
Length: 38 ft 31⁄2 in (11.67 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 11⁄2 in[7] (11.62 m)
Height: 14 ft 91⁄2 in (4.51 m)
Wing area: 255 ft2 (23.69 m2)
Empty weight: 8,115 lb (3,680 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 13,179 lb (5,977 kg)


Maximum speed: 453 knots (522 mph, 840 km/h) at 25,000 feet (7,600 m)
Range: 909 nmi (1,047 mi, 1,685 km)
Service ceiling: 40,400 ft (12,315 m)
Rate of climb: 6,200 ft/min (31.5 m/s)