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Northrop F-5e ii FD

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The Northrop F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E and F-5F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and a low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for a day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. Though the United States Air Force (USAF) had no need for a light fighter, it did procure approximately 1,200 Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which were directly based on the F-5A.

After winning the International Fighter Aircraft Competition, a program aimed at providing effective low-cost fighters to American allies, in 1970, Northrop introduced the second-generation F-5E Tiger II in 1972. This upgrade included more powerful engines, higher fuel capacity, greater wing area and improved leading edge extensions for better turn rates, optional air-to-air refueling, and improved avionics including air-to-air radar. Primarily used by American allies, it remains in US service to support training exercises. It has served in a wide array of roles, being able to perform both air and ground attack duties; the type was used extensively in the Vietnam War.[4] A total of 1,400 Tiger IIs were built before production ended in 1987. More than 3,800 F-5s and the closely related T-38 advanced trainer aircraft were produced in Hawthorne, California.[5] The F-5N/F variants are in service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps as adversary trainers.[6] Approximately 500 aircraft were in service as of 2014.[7][N 1]

The F-5 was also developed into a dedicated reconnaissance version, the RF-5 Tigereye. The F-5 also served as a starting point for a series of design studies which resulted in the Northrop YF-17 and the F/A-18 naval fighter aircraft. The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was an advanced variant to succeed the F-5E which was ultimately canceled when export customers did not emerge.

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 30.2ft (9.2m)
  • Length 50.7ft (15.5m)
  • Height 15.1ft (4.6m)
  • Empty Weight 710lbs (322kg)
  • Loaded Weight 20,238lbs (9,179kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 5.33
  • Wing Loading 8.0lbs/ft2 (39.2kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,521.8ft2 (234.3m2)
  • Drag Points 8444

Parts

  • Number of Parts 495
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    3,484 edensk

    very nice.

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    615 jselbach

    This is so good. Love the cockpit but those landing lights take the cake!

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    35.6k ACEPILOT109

    I LOVE DIS PLANE
    I really like the engines of it, im more of a T-38 kinda guy though, lol

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    17.5k Gameboi14

    @flightDynamic oohhh

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    @Gameboi14
    Not a photo. This is a gif
    It takes some time. High speed internet is required

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    17.5k Gameboi14

    your screenshot doesn't seem to load

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    14.1k Mustang51

    This aircraft looks fantastic! The flight characteristics are a little woody but not too bad overall. Nevertheless, the aircraft is still superb

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    This is one of the finest F-5 replicas I've ever seen, nice job!

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    3,565 MrPorg137

    Nice

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