| The F-5 is a supersonic fighter and suitable for various types of ground support and aerial intercept missions.
It is low cost and easy of maintenance. F-5 was manufactured by Northrop has proved a success on the export market .
Over 30 countries have used F-5 and production of F-5 ran over some 2700 aircrafts|
On April 25,1962 The US Department of Defense announced that it had chosen the aircrafty for its Military Assistance Program (MAP). NATO and SEATO (at that time = South East Asian Treaty Organization) allies would be acquired a supersonic warplane at reasonable cost. On August 9,1962 the aircraft was given official designation of F-5A " Freedom Fighter ". The F-5B was the two seats version of the F-5A for dual fighter / trainner duties.
In October 1965 USAF sent 12 F-5A to Veitnam for operation service trials.This program was given the code name of " Skoshi Tiger "( little tiger) and from this program the F-5 picked up its " Tiger Nickname ".
The F-5E " Tiger II " was a great improve version of F-5A " Freedom Fighter " . The F-5E featured an air-to-air fire control radar system and more powerful J85 engines. The fuselage widened and lengthened. The first flight of the F-5E was on August 1972.The F-5E characteristics is similar to Mig-21. At the USAF Fighter Weapons School used the F-5E to simulate Mig-21 for trainning USAF pilots in aerial combat skills.
The structure of F-5E, Pressurized, heated and airconditioned cockpit ,rocket power ejection seat .
Landing gear is Hydraulically retractable ,main unit retracting inward into fuselage, nose wheel forward. Two position extending nose unit increases static angle of attack by 3 degrees 22' to reduce takoff distance.
Fuel system,two independent fuel systems, one for each engine. Starboard engine supplied from two rubber impregnated nylon fabric bladder cells, a center fuselage cell and a rear fuselage cell. Port engine supplied from a forward fuselage cell . No fuel is carried in the wings.
Radar, radar for air-to-air missile , search for target , detection at a range of up to 20 nm.(37 km. )
The F-5F is the two seats version of F-5E for fighter / trainner.
A flattened nose radome was developed for RF-5E (Reconnaissance) nose. It was discovered that a flat oval cross-section at the nose eliminated directional stability problem , especially at high angle of attack . This new radome was fitted to F-5E delivered in the later dated such as Thailand , Bahrain , Malasia , Korea, Mexico, Singaporean . This radome was later added to aircrafts which were radarless too.
|SPECIFICATIONS of F-5E " Tiger II "|
|F- 5 LIGHT WEIGHT FIGHTER|
|Power Plant||General Electric||J85-GE-21B Turbojet with afterburn|
|Number of Engine||2|
|Engine Thrust||5,013 lb. with afterburn||22.3 kN. with afterburn|
|Wing Span||26.7 ft.||8.13 m|
|Length||47.4 ft.||14.45 m.|
|Height||13.35 ft.||4.07 m.|
|Speed Max.||1,082 mph.||1,741 km.|
|Ceiling||51,800 ft.||15,790 m.|
|Combat Radius||190 miles||306 km.|
|Takeoff Weight||24,725 lb.||11,2144 kg.|
|Fuel capacity||2563 litres||677 us. gall.|
|Crew||F-5E = 1||F-5F = 2|
|Empty weight||9,725 lb||4,410 kg.|
|Armament||Two 20-mm M39A2 cannon
Two AIM-9 Sidewinder at wing tips
|Five hard points
(1-under fuselage,4-under wings)
can carry up to 7000 lb.
|1 nm.(nautical mile) = 1.15155 miles, 1 kt (knot) = 1.15155 mile / hr.
1 mach = 761 mph.(SL,ISA)
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