• Gift Guide: T-2 Buckeye By Razbam

    Gift Guide: T-2 Buckeye By Razbam

    By Bill Stack
    April 7, 2012

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    Screen shots by RAZBAM Simulations

    North American's T-2 Buckeye is a two-seat, subsonic training aircraft used by the United States Navy and Marines from 1959 to 2008. Its performance is generally comparable to the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, a carrier-based ground-attack aircraft also used by the U.S. Navy and Marines. An estimated 11,000 pilots -- every naval aviator and almost every flight officer -- were trained in the T-2 Buckeye. Wikipedia says 529 were built. The last T-2 carrier landing was on July 25, 2003, aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman. The Buckeye was officially retired from naval service in 2008. A few T-2 Buckeyes are owned privately and are seen in air shows with civilian markings.

    The name "Buckeye" reflects the state tree of Ohio and the Ohio State University nickname because the aircraft was built in Ohio. Unofficial nicknames are "Attack Guppy" and "Trusty Tubbyjet."

    PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
    Length 38 FT 8 IN
    11 M
    Wingspan 38 FT 2 IN
    11.6 M
    Fuel Capacity 489 USG
    1,851 L
    Max Weight 13,180 LBS
    5,931 KG
    Empty Weight 8,115 LBS
    3,652 KG
    Source: RAZBAM

    RAZBAM's T-2 Buckeye

    RAZBAM originally developed its T-2 Buckeye for FS2004, and a new version was created for FSX. These are among many features of its T-2 Buckeye:

    • Highly detailed interiors, exteriors, paints
    • Fully working instrument panel and rear cockpit
    • Simulated oxygen system
    • Working tail hook
    • Functional gun pods

    Within the five models are 15 total liveries.

    SAMPLING OF MODELS

    Aircraft Selection Menu: Five models in 15 liveries.

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    T-2J:

    • Original version
    • One 3,400-LB (1542-KG) Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 turbojet
    • Renamed T-2A by USN
    • 217 built
    • Five models included
    • See note below
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    T-2C:

    • Final USN model
    • Two General Electric 2,950-LB (1,338-KG) turbojets
    • 231 built
    • Five models included
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    T-2D:

    • Export version for Venezuela
    • Powerplant not specified
    • 12 built
    • One model included
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    T-2E:

    • Export version for Greece
    • Powerplant not specified
    • 40 built
    • One model included
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    T-2B:

    • Improved version
    • Two Pratt & Whitney 3,000-LB (1360-KG) turbojets
    • 97 built
    • Two models included
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    Screen shots by Bill Stack
    Descriptions From Wikipedia

    The product description on the Flight Sim Pilot Shop lists a T-2A as one of the five models, but I found no T-2As among them. I did find a T-2J in five liveries. In response to my question, the developer said the T-2J is the original designation of the single engine Buckeye. "Later when the USN changed designations," he explained," it became the T-2A." RAZBAM kept the original T-2J designation because only a few T-2As were still in service when the designation change happened.

    Basic differences among the five models are as follows: The T-2J has one engine; the others have two engines. The T-2D and T-2E models have gunsights above the instrument panel; the others have no gunsight. Some instruments are different.

    Tags: buckeye, razbam

    3 Comments
    1. bdliddicoa's Avatar
      bdliddicoa -
      Another good review, Bill. Thanks.
    1. hangar32's Avatar
      hangar32 -
      Great review. Throughout the early part of my career I encountered these aircraft from time to time. They seemed like real beasts!
    1. normac's Avatar
      normac -
      What's the difference between a "smooth glide" and a "controllable dive"?
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