The North American Buckeye first flew in January 1958, having been bought to provide the USN with a carrier-capable advanced jet trainer. North American's design had a wing based on that of the company's FJ-1 Fury, and was powered by a Westinghouse J34. The company turned out 217 T2J-1/T-2As, before production shifted to the more powerful T-2B with twin J60 engines. 1968 saw the arrival of the further upgraded T-2C, which had unaugmented General Electric J85s. T-2C production totalled 231; the T-2D and T-2E were land-based variants for Venezuela and Greece, respectively.
T-2C intake for GE J85 engine
T-2C nose gear
The T-2C was kitted in 1/72 scale by Matchbox, and this kit has been re-released by Revell Germany as a T-2C/E. TwoBobs Aviation Graphics has released 1/72 decals for Greek, Venezuelan, and VF-43 aircraft.
Special Hobby makes a 1/48 scale Buckeye, and Twobobs decal set 48-200 in 1/48th covers Buckeyes from VT-4, VT-7 and VT-10.
"Additional T2J-1 contract - service ceiling of 40,000+ feet" Naval Aviation News June 1959
"NABTC to get new T-2Bs" Naval Aviation News June 1965 p.25
"VT-7 gets new trainer - twin jet arrives at Meridian" Naval Aviation News March 1966 p.3
Photo: T-2B carrier suitability trials Naval Aviation News September 1966 p.3
Photo: CH-47 carrying a T-2A as a sling load. Naval Aviation News December 1966 p.22
"Best in the Business - VF-43 Challengers" World Air Power Journal Vol.8/Spring 1992 p.10-8-121. Includes a photo of a T-2 in aggressor colors.
"USS Lexington: On Deck #2" Squadron/Signal Publications includes a color profile of T-2C BuNo 159708 of VT-4 Rubber Ducks.
The 1/48th scale Special Hobby T-2C kit finished as a Greek T-2E
Carrier launch and recovery of the RAZBAM T-2C for FSX
Photo of a T-2 ejection seat