Final goodbye for US Navy Buckeye

After 56 years of service, it’s goodbye to the North American Rockwell T-2 Buckeye in US Navy service on Friday 25 September. The jet will undertake its final flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

The Buckeye was retired from training student pilots in 2008 already, being replaced by the Boeing T-45 Goshawk. A small number remained in service at Patuxent River as chase aircraft for aircraft and weapons testing. Two C-38 Courier business jets replace these jets.

The Buckeye first flew in 1958, with other customer being Greece and Venezuela. A total of 273 were built in the end.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A T-2 Buckeye, one of 273 built.  (Image © US Navy / Daniel J. McLain)