NASA Jets Buzz The Capitol

Article written: 5 Apr , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


Earlier today, Thursday, April 5,  two NASA T-38 jets passed over the Washington, DC metropolitan area, during planned training and photographic  flights. The photo above by Paul E. Alers shows the jets flying over the U.S. Capitol building.

See this and more images from the flyby on NASA HQ Photo’s Flickr page here.

Made by Northrop and powered by two afterburning General Electric J85 engines, a T-38 can fly supersonic up to Mach 1.6 and soar above 40,000 feet, about 10,000 feet higher than airliners typically cruise. The plane can wrench its pilots through more than seven Gs, or seven times the force of gravity.

A pair of T-38s fly in formation over Galveston Beach in Texas, showing some of the aerobatic abilities of the T-38. (Photo courtesy of Story Musgrave)

“The T-38 is a great aircraft for what we need at NASA because it’s fast, it’s high-performance and it’s very simple,”  says Terry Virts, who flew as the pilot of STS-130 aboard shuttle Endeavour. “It’s safe and it’s known. So compared to other airplanes, it’s definitely one of the best.”

Today the  T-38 training jets flew approximately 1,500 feet above Washington between 9:30 and 11 a.m. EDT. The April 5 flights were intended to capture photographic imagery.

Check out a great article about NASA’s T-38s here.

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3 Responses

  1. i don’t know what they was trying to capture with this pic but it sucks so bad. they could have picked a closer zoom in on the planes.

  2. Dennis Patterson says

    I looked on the Flickr page. . . . “those” are the pics they took??? And what is so freakin’ specail about NASA planes flying over DC to take pictures. This is soooo lame. . . .

  3. Ahmed Al Dulaimy says

    fix the link in the end. a “t” is added to the beginning of “http” which disables the browser from recognizing the address.

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