Model J85


Flight Trainer

GE's J85 engine plays a vital role in training new military jet pilots. More than 60,000 pilots have earned their wings flying the J85-powered T-38 jet trainer.

Engine Overview

The J85 turbojet is a powerplant that was offered in both non-augmented and augmented versions for high performance trainers and tactical aircraft. With more than 75 million flight hours experience on military and commercial models, the J85 offers the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any production engine in its class.

J85 engines first entered service in 1960. More than 6,000 engines flying in a number of applications remain in active service in 35 countries. Current plans for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) call for J85-powered aircraft to be in service through 2040.

Introduction: 1960

Quick Engine Facts

    Example Applications:
  • T-38
  • F-5E/F Tiger II
  • T-2 Buckeye
  • A-37
  • CT-114 Tutor
Thrust Range: 2,850 - 5,000 lbs.