The Northrop F-5 is a family of supersonic light fighter aircraft initially designed as a privately funded project in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation.There are two main models, the original F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter variants and the extensively updated F-5E and F-5F Tiger II variants.
F-5 is an agile, highly maneuverable, reliable supersonic fighter jet, combining advanced aerodynamic design, engine performance and low operating costs. F-5 Tiger Fighter Jet - Northrop Grumman This website is best viewed in browsers such as: Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
The F-5 Tiger II, a single-seat twin-engined supersonic fighter aircraft, was developed by Northrop Grumman, US. The aircraft took its maiden flight on 11 August 1972 and entered into service in 1975.
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In the mid-1950s, Northrop started development on a low-cost, low-maintenance fighter, with the company designation N-156, partly to meet a U.S. Navy requirement for a jet fighter to operate from its escort carriers, which were too small to operate the Navy's existing jet fighters. That requirement disappeared when the Navy decided to withdraw the escort carriers, but Northrop continued development of the N-156, with both a two-seat advanced trainer (the N-156T), and a single-seat fighter (th...
F-5E and F-5F Tiger II
In 1970, Northrop won the International Fighter Aircraft (IFA) competition to replace the F-5A, with better air-to-air performance against aircraft like the Soviet MiG-21. The resultant aircraft, initially known as F-5A-21, subsequently became the F-5E. It had more powerful (5,000 lbf) General Electric J85-21 engines, and had a lengthened and enlarged fuselage, accommodating more fuel. Its wings were fitted with enlarged leading edge extensions, giving an increased wing area and improved mane...
The F-5E experienced numerous upgrades in its service life, with the most significant one being adopting a new planar array radar, Emerson AN/APQ-159 with a range of 20 nmi to replace the original AN/APQ-153. Similar radar upgrades were also proposed for F-5F, with the derivative of AN/APQ-159, the AN/APQ-167, to replace the AN/APQ-157, but that was cancelled. The latest radar upgrade included the Emerson AN/APG-69, which was the successor of AN/APQ-159, incorporating mapping capability. Howe...
The first contract for the production F-5A was issued in 1962, the first overseas order coming from the Royal Norwegian Air Forceon 28 February 1964. It entered service with the 4441st Combat Crew Training School of the USAF, which had the role of training pilots and ground crew for customer nations, on 30 April that year, it still not being intended that the aircraft be used in significant numbers by the USAF itself. This changed with testing and limited deployment in 1965. Preliminary comba...
In October 1974, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) ordered 36 F-5E and 6 F-5B aircraft from Northrop for $72 million. The first three aircraft arrived on 12 March 1975. In 1988, FAB acquired 22 F-5E and four F-5EF second-hand USAF "agressor" fighters. A total of 15 of these aircraft were part of the initial batch of 30 aircraft produced by Northrop.In 1990, FAB retired all remaining five F-5Bs; later, they were sent to Brazilian museums around the country. In 2001, Elbit Systems and Embraer start...
Ethiopia received 10 F-5As and two F-5Bs from the U.S. starting in 1966. In addition to these, Ethiopia had a training squadron equipped with at least eight Lockheed T-33 Shooting Stars. In 1970, Iran transferred at least three F-5As and Bs to Ethiopia. In 1975, another agreement was reached with the U.S. to deliver a number of military aircraft, including 14 F-5Es and three F-5Fs; later in the same year eight F-5Es were transferred while the others were embargoed and delivered to a USAF aggr...
N-156F 1. Single-seat fighter prototype. Only three aircraft were built. YF-5A 1. The three prototypes were given the U.S. Air Force designation YF-5A. F-5A 1. Single-seat fighter version of F-5, originally without radar, but was later equipped with AN/APQ-153radar during upgrades. F-5A (G) 1. Single-seat fighter version of the F-5A for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. XF-5A 1. This designation was given to one aircraft used for static tests. A.9 1. Designation of Spanish Air Force Northrop F-5...
RF-5A 1. Single-seat reconnaissance version of the F-5A fighter. Approximately 120 were built. RF-5A (G) 1. Single-seat reconnaissance version of the F-5A fighter for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. RF-5E Tigereye 1. Single-seat reconnaissance version of the F-5E fighter. The RF-5E Tigereye was exported to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. RF-5E Tigergazer 1. Seven upgraded single-seat reconnaissance version of the F-5E for Taiwan by ST Aerospace. RF-5S Tigereye 1. Single-seat reconnaissance version...
AE.9 1. Spanish designation of the Northrop F-5B. Actually in 23rd Wing, Talavera la Real Air Base, Extremadura (Spain). F-5-21 1. Temporarily designation given to the YF-5B. YF-5B 1. One F-5B was fitted with a 5,000 lbf (2,268 kgf) General Electric J85-GE-21 engine, and used as a prototype for the F-5E Tiger II. F-5B 1. Two-seat fighter version for the Republic of Korea Air Force, armed with AN/APQ-157 radar. F-5B(G) 1. Two-seat trainer version of the F-5B for the Royal Norwegian Air Force....
F-5A 1. 68-9071 – Athens War Museum. 2. 69-132 - Hellenic Air Force Museum. 3. 13-353 - Thessaloniki War Museum. RF-5A 1. 69-7170 - Hellenic Air Force Museum.
F-5E 1. 73-00852 (R1033) (Vietnam Air Force) – Polish Aviation Museum, Kraków.
YF-5A 1. 59-4989 – National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFBin Dayton, Ohio. F-5B 1. 72-0441 – Pima Air and Space Museumin Arizona. F-5E 1. 74-1564 – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramarin California.
Data fromQuest for Performance General characteristics 1. Crew:1 2. Length:47 ft 4¾ in (14.45 m) 3. Wingspan:26 ft 8 in (8.13 m) 4. Height:13 ft 4½ in (4.08 m) 5. Wing area:186 ft² (17.28 m²) 6. Airfoil: NACA 65A004.8root, NACA 64A004.8 tip 7. Empty weight:9,558 lb (4,349 kg) 8. Loaded weight:15,745 lb (7,157 kg) 9. Max. takeoff weight:24,722 lb (11,214 kg) 10. Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet 10.1. Dry thrust:3,500 lbf (15.5 kN) each 10.2. Thrust with afterburner:5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) each 11. Zero-lift drag coefficient:0.0200 12. Drag area:3.4 ft² (0.32 m²) 13. Aspect ratio:3.86 14. Internal fuel:677 U.S. gal (2,563 L) 15. External fuel:275 U.S. gal (1,040 L) per tank in up to 3 tanks Performance 1. Maximum speed:917 kn (Mach 1.6, 1,060 mph, 1,700 km/h) 2. Range:760 nmi (870 mi, 1,405 km) 3. Ferry range: 2,010 nmi(2,310 mi, 3,700 km) 4. Service ceiling:51,800 ft (15,800 m) 5. Rate of climb:34,400 ft/min (175 m/s) 6. Lift-to-drag ratio:10.0 Armament 1. Guns: 2× 20...
Northrop F-5 Tiger. $ 2.1 million in 1962 / $ 20-25 million Estimated If Sold At Present. Scroll down for image gallery. credit: National Museum of USAF.
Jul 29, 2020 · The F-5 was born out of a 1950s US Navy requirement calling for a small, lightweight, jet-powered fighter to operate from the decks of its Escort Carriers. Escort Carriers received their own birth in ocean-going fighting during World War 2.