Gift Guide: T-2 Buckeye By Razbam
By Bill Stack
April 7, 2012
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."
|Length||38 FT 8 IN
|Wingspan||38 FT 2 IN
|Fuel Capacity||489 USG
|Max Weight||13,180 LBS
|Empty Weight||8,115 LBS
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.
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.