F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger
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Although all F-5A production was intended for MAP, in October 1965, the USAF "borrowed" 12 combat-ready F-5As from MAP supplies and sent them to Vietnem with the 4503rd Tactical Fighter Wing for operational service trials. This program was given the code name of *Skoshi Tiger" ("little" Tiger). and it was during this tour of duty that the F-5 picked up its Tiger nickname.On November 20, 1970, the Northrop entry was declared the winner of the IFA (International Fighter Aircraft) to be the F-5A/B's successor. The emphasis was be on the air-superiority role for nations faced with threats from opponents operating late-generation MiG-21s. An order was placed for five development and 325 production aircraft. In January of 1971, it was reclassified as F-5E. The aircraft came to be known as *Tiger II*
The US Navy Fighter Weapons School (the so-called "Top Gun" school) at NAS Miramar acquired a total of ten F-5Es and three F-5Fs for dissimilar air combat training. Because of the F-5's characteristics, which were similar to the MiG-21, was used as 'agressor' aircraft, equipping the FWS and VF-126 at NAS Miramar, plus VF-43 at NAS Oceana. All three units later disposed of their Tiger IIs in favor of the General Dynamics F-16N. These Tiger IIs were passed on to VF-95 at NAS Key West and VFA-127 at NAS Fallon. During FY 1996, VFC-13 moved from NAS Miramar, CA, to NAS Fallon, NV, and transitioned from 12 F/A-18 to 25 F-5 aircraft. VFC-13's flight hour program will increase to offset the scheduled decommissioning of the two remaining Active Component adversary squadrons, VF-45 and VFA-127. This transition to the F-5 adversary aircraft will provide Active and Reserve Navy pilots with air-to-air combat training at significant savings to the taxpayer. Recent estimates show that the F-5 can be operated at one third of what it costs to operate an F/A-18.
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|F-5A Freedom Figher||F-5E Tiger II|
|Engines||Two General Electric J85-GE-13 turbojets,
rated at 2720 lb.s.t., 4080 lb.s.t. with afterburning.
|Two General Electric J85-GE-21A turbojets, 5000 lb.s.t. with afterburning.|
|Maximum speed||925 mph (Mach 1.4) at 36,000 feet.
Maximum cruising speed: 640 mph (Mach 0.97) at 36,000 feet
|Maximum cruising speed without afterburning: Mach 0.98 at 36,000 feet.|
|Service ceiling||50,500 feet.||51,800 feet|
|Range||with maximum fuel -- 1387 miles.
Combat radius with maximum payload -- 195 miles
Combat radius with maximum fuel and two 530-pound bombs 558 miles.
|with maximum fuel -- 1543 miles
Combat radius with maximum fuel and 2 Sidewinder missiles -- 656 miles.
|wingspan||25 feet 3 inches,||26 feet 8 inches|
|length||47 feet 2 inches,||48 feet 2 inches|
|height||13 feet 2 inches,||13 feet 4 inches|
|wing area||170 square feet.||186 square feet|
|Weights:||8085 pounds empty,
11,477 pounds combat,
13,433 pounds gross,
20,677 pounds maximum takeoff
|9683 pounds empty, 13,350 pounds combat, 15,745 pounds gross, 24,676 pounds maximum takeoff.|
|Armament||two 20-mm cannon
in the fuselage nose. Two AIM-9 Sidewinderat the wingtips
Five pylons carry up to 6200 pounds of ordinance or fuel tanks
loads can include four air-to-air missiles, Bullpup air-to-surface missiles, bombs, up to 20 unguided rockets, or external fuel tanks.
|two 20-mm M39A2 cannon with 280 rpg
two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles at wingtips
Five pylons can carry up to 7000 pounds of ordnance or fuel
|VRML 3-D Model|
VRML by Soji Yamakawa
Sources and Resources Return to Top
- Testing may give F-5E longer lease on life Tester February 26, 1997 -- Recently, the algorithms used by NavAir to monitor F-5 fatigue life expended (FLE) were updated. The new algorithms unfortunately resulted in a significant life reduction from what had previously been expected.
- Northrop F-5 Joe Baugher's American Military Aircraft Encyclopedia