Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter HD

armed and ready South Vietnamese Air
Force f5’s commence a strike mission these
planes were designed to very specific requirements they would be small lightweight low-cost they were the first weapon system
developed by the United States government to meet the conditions and requirements
the military Assistance Program these planes were
designed to be supplied to the United States small allies over
20 countries employ them they were the Northrop if
five freedom fighters because fis development defied current
trends in fighter aircraft other manufacturers were producing
planes that were getting bigger and more complex with the reappraisal of
military needs after korea providing financial support the United States was pursuing
technology new avionics missiles and engines dictated
growth in the size a fighter aircraft but the
Northrop company when its own way northrop’s design team
research the basic question a fighter aircraft and arrived to settle general
requirements as they sought the most important of
these was the need to keep the plane small on in a classic case of successful
innovation the reappraisal not only led to the
family of f5’s but has had a much wider effect on the
development of fighter aircraft since the role the plane was built to fill was
a humble 1 but there was nothing humble about
northrop’s little masterpiece it emerged as a maneuverable and highly
effective weapon there on I these planes are if five seats a rare time 1905 jewelry quipped for the US Air Force combat trials in
vietnam because of these modifications they were given the separate designation
they were much better now as the SCO she Tigers after the US AF action the modified planes were handed to the
BN AF and became South Vietnam’s first modern
jet fighters in time about 200 f5’s were used by the Vietnamese the vietnam combat usurp the freedom
fighters confirm the effectiveness underlined how
much of a difference they made to the operational capacity have a small nations Air Force orders
flowed into northrop and f5’s spread around the globe on in action the vietnamese pilot
aggression combined well with the little planes accuracy particularly in ground attack the planes
loaded with small but the precision its delivery made up
for the lack Kobach on there bf five successful vietnam deployment underlined the value of northrop’s
development work the design teams obsessions were vindicated the planes were simple and easy to
maintain their reliability gave them an edge over
other types established the highest operational
readiness figures with the lowest maintenance man hours
the f5’s he’s have control stability maneuverability and accuracy
and eat it too its pilots unfortunately it was involved in little air to air combat and its extraordinary
agility in a dogfight was not demonstrated it would be ten
years after vietnam before the virtues that the lightweight
fighter became more widely recognized ironically this would be especially so in the USA with a freedom fighter was
developed there bf ives development goes back to 1955 when Northrop completed the first phase
ovitz fighter studies they produced design the in 156 to serve as the basis for development
have either a supersonic trainer for a lightweight fighter the USAF was
an interest in anything small as a fighter but the attractions that
the designed as a trainer could not be ignored on the 15th June
1956 the go-ahead was given for the
production of prototypes what became known as the team 38 talent on April the 10th
1959 the first t38 took to the air in a Test
series that was remarkable for its smoothness it was the first supersonic plane to go
through testing without a major accident there were no aerodynamic changes the plane exhibited
no vices 3038 came out with an instantly
established reputation for outstanding flight handling and
forgiving characteristics after the success of the initial flights larger orders flowed in and by October
1959 production was stepped up from two
planes a month 210 eventually nearly 1200 T-thirty eights
will build up meanwhile the company had continue to
develop the fight aversion at its own expense tailoring it to the emerging market with
less wealthy american allies this may have been a gamble but it was a
well-informed 1 US defense officials could see the logic in supporting allied nations with equipment additional it made sense to equip them with combat
capable modern weapons rather than hand-me-downs an ally with
obsolete equipment is it limited use in May 1958 the company was instructed to go ahead
with construction 03 prototype in 156 fighters the established t38 tooling accelerated
construction and the first plane was able to make its
first flight only fourteen months later well and despite the success of testing the USAF had no desire for a small plane
for its own use and there was no program to cover
development for use by other countries only to have the prototypes were
completed the food part constructive was stored on the US Army became very interested in
the in 156 for a time ground attack and close
support in competition with other aircraft be in
156 care demonstrated outstanding capabilities it
also impressed with its reliability and ease of maintenance but the army
competition was called off the responsibility for operating such
high performance land-based fighter aircraft is something guarded closely by the Air
Force therefore the freedom fighter was to come into US
service it would have to be operated by the US AF the Air Force had already
shown no interest in the plane for itself and was unprepared to operate them for
the army on that the army operate them for itself the N 156 if project languished northrop
we’re very confident that they had a great player everybody who came into contact with it
was impressed however there were no buyers on it was to be May 1962 almost three years
after the first flight before there was any success for the
project the Department of Defense that continue to review the need to the
United States allies in nato and seater existing practice was to supply the poorest countries with
aging US jets but it passed the use by date as far as
the Air Force was concerned this wasn’t inefficient use of the
Allied defense force resources what was needed was just what northrop
design the Kennedy administration had vowed to
pay any price for the maintenance of freedom including
active re acquitting allied force and northrop’s plane was
the only serious US contender for a lightweight low-cost fighter it
was therefore announced that the in 156 have been chosen as the defensive com to
be supplied two favorite nations under the military
assistance program am AP on well in October 1962 the program was
formalized orders were placed for two versions at
the end 156 gif a single-seat fighter between see
version to double as a trainer these were given
the USAF designations f5 a and B the partially built bird in 156 if prototype was still in storage this
was completed to the new specifications as the Y if I the first flight at the
new plane took place on July the 31st 1963 northrop test pilot hank should toe took
the controls for what proved to be an incident free flight as with the T-thirty eight and in 156
trials the testing program past without any
hitchens changes from the earlier designs have
been few principally and more powerful engines
and increased weapons the plane was also given a more rugged
landing gear a rough terrain news despite the increased load and heavier
engines the if I was still tiny compared with
other fighters the day for example it was about a book the way
to have an F-four phantom the key to its size was the power plants
chosen for the plane northrop’s designers have been quick to
notice the development of small turbo Jets they’ve been designed for use in
missiles but the Northrop team store in them the opportunity to gain significant
savings in thrust to power plant weight and also incorporate the safety package
provided by a second engine the two engines were located side by
side in the aft fuselage be a five engines each weighed only 570
pounds including the afterburners delivered
four thousand eighty pounds of thrust the simple to
point mounting onto built-in overhead tracks maintenance was so simple the crew of
three could remove and replace an engine in 20 minutes it part of northrop’s concept have been the
importance of simplifying maintenance and the design incorporated many
features which directly address this for the plane had little in the way of
complex avionics and electronics the very high operational readiness
achieved with the plane’s is due in no small part to the ease and
simplicity ground handling and overhaul times this
is especially noticeable in comparison with other supersonic
aircraft %uh %uh %uh on a total aircraft were used in the
development and flight test program these were soon
followed by production models initial deliveries were made to the USAF
Tactical Air Command at Williams Air Force Base in 1964 here US here ground crew trained on the
aircraft the job but these men would be to instruct foreign servicemen in the
plane’s maintenance and operation each him AP country receiving the f5
would send a group of pilots and other specialists for a training course the aim was to have these people return
to their homelands qualified to act as instructors the f5’s
used in this program all carried USAF markings but were in
fact owned by the countries concerned the first classes got underway in
September 1964 with crew from Iran and Korea US pilots
working with the military assistance advisory group also attended this course it would be
their job to advise f5 customers on how best to integrate
the new planes into the infantry is and how best to
employ them in the field the f5 be to Cedars had also passed
their test it with flying colors and I to started to be delivered they
were equipped with dual controls and the instructor pilot seated well
above the forward cockpit could take over if needed in addition to this training capability
the planes also doubled as attack grunge but given the impoverishment many of the client nations the plane was
designed to cope with rough terrain rudimentary or not exist landing grounds
ok the ruggedness instability a little
planes was best demonstrated in this type of operation the limiting up sophistication the plane may
have compromised some aspect its performance but for its
customers it was the only option they found that ideally matched their capabilities and
budgets and gave them a very capable defensive and offenses strike the most to the Air
Force is in question this was the first time it deployed
effective modern combat aircraft this no wanna northrop’s major problems in
scaling down a fighter was to incorporate commonality with
established weapons in the infantry special care is needed in the design and
small planes since standard items such as stores
pylons and ammunition belt are proportionately large the bulk of
these common systems ultimately sets a minimum practical size
for the aircraft the F 58 was equipped with two nos
mounted twenty-millimeter cannon 280 rounds of ammunition were carried
for each gun as with all aspect to ground handling
the routines to access clear load and armor guns were simple
everything was within reach the crew man standing on the ground the building maintenance simplicity
extended to tasks like naming the guns with minimal skill levels in a few
simple tools required this was established with little
difficulty the guns themselves were rapid firing capable of 1500 rounds a minute a short
burst from to Canon could do a lot of damage more it in addition Sidewinder missiles could be
mounted on the wing tips to give the little fighter hefty air to
air punch well with the stability and easy control of
the f5 formidable accuracy with the Canon was
achievable on on below the twin seat be model carried
no nos can both versions had 7 external store
stations these accommodated a full spectrum of
tactical ordinance and fuel missiles bombs napalm rockets could be carried in combination as
required for a mission the load could range up to six thousand two hundred pounds as a tactical support weapon bf I’ve
proved its worth repeatedly the combination of its excellent high
and low speed maneuverability unrestricted visibility rapid response
speed and stability made it an excellent close
support and interdiction fighter on on on its introduction in 1964 the f5 made
a considerable impact in 1964 and 1965 the plane captured eighty-five percent
the weapons meets in which it was ended peace formal
contests took place both in the USA and overseas and pitted the freedom fighter against a
variety of the West’s best front-line fighters little plane embodied virtues that made
it a real handful to contend with the initial orders placed by the defense
department in 1962 totaled 71 if I vase and 15 babies many more orders with the flow
into northrop in the following years the first ef-5 to go into service were
activated by Iran in February 1965 by the end of that year another five air
forces have taken delivery of the new planes in addition several other significant
orders have been placed for a5 production the plane was so impressive but several
non MAP countries decided to buy the type
themselves even as early as 1964 agreements were reached with Norway and
Spain the latter including under license production in
1965 Canada also decided to buy the freedom fighter once again with production in the
customers factory each year more countries joined the list
on area ruling have been applied to the
play this concept developed by nasa held that
the cross-section the complete aircraft should very smoothly along its length
the waist given to the fuselage about the week is in recognition of the additional
forward facing area the wing itself it was the area ruling
that resulted in the f5 slim hips the overall smoothness the aircraft’s
lines this was even carried to the point of area ruling the wing tip fuel tax the limitations of the if I were
compensated for by the power and sophistication the weapons that could employ with
Sidewinders at cana it was a dangerously competent
interceptor in addition a new role had been
developed Ford with the production the camera back allied with the external fuel storage
based on the plane into a long-range reconnaissance aircraft its primary tactical role for the big
bull pub missiles for up to seventy six rockets gave a
potent ground attack force all the fuel storage internal and external was pressure
filled in minutes from a single fuel inlet this was one of
the many ways in which the importance of simple maintenance have been recognized in the design over
a quarter the surface on the plane was made up Hatcher’s and removable
panels this easier access to the plane’s equipment
was reinforced by the racking up components one deep in the fuselage all the major components could be
accessed and serviced with these special testing equipment was minimal
and was itself designed to be rugged portable and simple to operate compared with other aircraft capable of
the same operational missions the maintenance
requirements at the f5 were minimal this aspect to the plane
design was a total success bigger fives low was almost fifty
percent of its weight which gave it the highest paleo to
weight ratio have any supersonic fighter with the aerodynamic efficiency of the
shape limited power the small engines was able to push the
fighter along about mark 1.3 its supersonic capability was not
limited by the airframe but that butter budget the design was capable of much higher
speeds the limits the power plants will be a
constant criticism however given that the engines have been
the key to the small size of the fighter this compromise was are no voidable in recognition of the potential at the
design in the close support role the USAF decided to trial the plane’s
under combat conditions in Viet Nam it what was known as
Operation Scotia Tiger 19 aircraft will reappoint to USAF
standard in 1965 with aerial refueling system our plating and jettison double pylons these
modified planes were designated as if five seasons the planes arrived in
Vietnam on the 23rd of October for their first combat mission within
hours of arriving on during the 150 day evaluation the Scotia
Tigers for more than three thousand five
hundred sorties with an average combat load around 2,500 pounds most missions were flown
with 500 or 750 pound bombs below a variety ordinance was delivered
the mission types included close support interdiction armed reconnaissance escort and mid-cap bf I was indeed themselves
to their pilots and impress the ground troops with the
stability accuracy and reliability amazingly high readiness
rates were established by the end of the trial practice had
reduce the maintenance per flight 26.5 hours northrop’s expectation have been 21 hours and this would have
been a reasonably acceptable figure I’m the mission abort break was a very
low 1.5 percent I’m faced with this sort of evidence the
USAF once again looked at the f I’m the outstanding performance naturally
suggested an advanced version to overcome the niggling doubts about it
engine power range and low as a variation to the f5 A&B newer and more powerful engines were
adopted in addition many other variations
provided for individual buyers worry evaluated any performance
enhancements were incorporated into a new design this work began in
April 1968 but was canceled in late 1969 with the
announcement have a new competition to decide on a
successor to the f5 with the AM AP program northrop’s entry
in this competition was the newly developed if I variant
forged out the vietnam experience the a5 was announced has its own replace but to lessen confusion and to recognize
the changes to the design new designations were issue the
single-seat version would be the if I V between seed would be known as the f5
have in the fall of 1971 it was also announced that recognizing
the work at the Scotia Tigers and the influence on the successful
design the plane would be known as the tiger to given that the word
Scotia is Japanese for small use it the whole title would have been
appropriate bf I was was certainly small anti corrosion of the rollout of the new plane took place
on the 23rd of June 1972 the first flight followed on August the
11 progress to that time can be simply measured in eight years a production over 1100
AMB models have been manufactured the service in the air force’s by over
20 countries northrop’s midget turned into a giant
sales success the FIVB engines developed five thousand
pounds of thrust an increase have over 20 percent but
some of the additional trust was cancelled by increases in the way to the plane bow the new
version had increased power experience which show that this was
still not enough to fully exploit the virtues of the airframe lightly loaded in flat-out he was
capable of Mark 1.6 but was more comfortable cruising at
high subsonic speeds I’ll the tiger airframe was basically
the same as the earlier models the fuselage was slightly wider and
there were several refinements to the plane shape but the original design work had been so
good but there was little alteration needed
the fuselage was cool metal with a stressed skin semi monocoque
structure some steel and titanium were used in the aft fuselage but the plane was primarily repeated
aluminium the winds were constructed as one piece
carrying through from tip to tip this eliminated spices in the heavily
loaded members with the exception of steel rib
supporting the landing gear wing tip store station construction was
cool aluminium the wing skins were largely shaped with
chemical milling methods the plane’s combat sophistication took a
leap forward with the addition of a fire control
radar system and computer guns was provided target detection range
tracking and leave computation for the Canon as
well as range envelope calculation for the Sidewinders
air to ground delivery was also enhanced withdrawal stabilizing
aiming references several changes were directed at
improving takeoff performance these include aired was to increase
airflow at the 2-position nose gear to add three
percent to the angle of attack with these modifications and the engines
and power takeoff performance was improved by 40
percent even with these and other changes northrop were able to retain seventy
five percent at the tooling masters of the earlier models in service forty percent of the spears
and seventy percent of the ground support equipment remained unchanged early FIVB he’s had
interchangeable nose section which allowed a reconnaissance fit to be
installed in 1978 however a specialized reconnaissance Bush was
developed with the link that knows and a variety of options it load in
addition to cameras this included side and for scanning
infrared equipment and other highly effective and
sophisticated modern surveillance and search electronics loading pallets the selected for it could be quickly
installed by any mission requirements the recom- version christened the tiger
eye retained at Sidewinders the single can development was funded by
the company resulted in a very competent specialist
aircraft I’m northrop’s radical small fighter at now progressed to become a family a
plane’s production had switched movement to the new model the first if i
V’s delivered by the end of nineteen
seventy-three by 1976 northrop Salem T-thirty eights and f5’s past three thousand with orders for
Tiger to use still coming in t38 production ended in
nineteen seventy-two with delivery to the USA a the last 1,189 aircraft produced production at the Tiger to continued for
another seventeen years the final he and F models were delivered
to the Singapore Air Force in 1989 the total number of T-thirty
eights and f5’s manufactured was three thousand 806 1338 talent was the only version of the
plane to going to use with the USAF in large numbers 1,139 were purchased in 1974 by then a 15-year-old design it received for the
recognition with its adoption by the Thunderbirds
display team replacing the much larger F-four phantom
3038 brought its characteristic precision and maneuverability to the team in
addition it was established that the team could
operate for talent the same as it cost to operate one
phantom on the f5 eat I go to was to be the most
prolific model with the Rangers standard equipment
tailored to the economic capacity of the buyer many sales were arranged outside the
Defense Department MAP sponsorship these included highly refined
electronics packages on aircraft to Saudi Arabia the saudi planes with inertial
navigation radar warning charm for flair dispensers and maverick
missiles were extremely able fighters on reception at the Tiger to was mixed its
virtues were acknowledged but still the plane failed to win a
large USAF order on again me if I’ve was judged to be lacking power his penalty imposed by the
central concern to keep the weight off the plane down undermine the plane’s phenomenal
maneuverability and flight handling throughout its life if I was look down
on by many experts because at the idea that was so
underpowered has to be restricted this opinion ignored a great
deal of what the experience in vietnam toward a lot of the accepted
wisdom of post-career theory has been reversed in Viet Nam and the Middle East fighter design was based on the idea supersonic aircraft exchanging missile
attacks at extreme range however this was
unrealistic in fact very little combat takes place
at supersonic speeds or at extreme range once planes join
combat and begin extreme maneuvers speed is rapidly lost old-fashioned
dogfighting follows with aircraft in close contact
desperately trying to gain advantage in these circumstances the f5 come out flying almost anything in the
sky on on the USAF infantry has not had any other
plane which shares the f5 specifications perhaps the nearest comparison would be
with the soviet mig-21 but the big had a more powerful engine
and could exceed mark to this was its only real advantage over
the tiger the mic though very maneuverable has had
a chequered career with some experience being dangerous in
head on combat the planes would be very evenly-matched
greater sophistication to the Tigers avionics and the reliability of its
weapons will serve to even things up well but I’ll sales at the FIVB bolstered the
capability of small air forces worldwide arrangements were
made for overseas manufacture adding production agreement with
Switzerland and Taiwan and its role as the military assistance
programs basic infantry it complimented the earlier model
success a combination of low cost and high efficiency with rugged simplicity was unavailable in any other US design
the strength of the Western alliances with immeasurably increased by the
program throughout South America the Middle East and Asia nations with
small economies have the air power transformer what is surprising is the number of
planes sold it to europe these purchasing decisions like the
saudi orders were not economically driven countries
like Norway Switzerland and the Netherlands and not
impoverished these nations decided that there was no purpose in the purchaser larger more complex and
more expensive aircraft roles that the f5 could easily perform
there was also one communist Air Force using f5’s with the follow
south vietnam the north vietnamese captured and
operated 87 f5’s various models these planes were later
used with considerable success against Chinese aircraft in border
clashes on on the final development the F five family was the if 5g engines have developed
dramatically in the long life span to be a five war power was available from new small lightweight engines the plane was
redesigned with the engine from the F-eighteen which produced sixteen thousand pounds
of thrust for the first time the aircraft was
matched with sufficient power the result was a further remarkable
events in the f5’s capability this was the first radical redesign of
the Plame and was subsequently redesignated as the
F-twenty Tiger shock I with power aplenty available northrop
were able to pack additional capability into the player though larger than its predecessors it
was still a small fighter but its capacity now stretched
comfortably up to Mach 2 this was achieved without the loss of
any of the Fi’s outstanding maneuvering and handling the work started as a co production effort with taiwan
though a presidential veto was placed on the Taiwan deal northrop continue to refine the plane up
to nineteen eighty surprisingly despite the outstanding
ability and competitiveness at the tiger shark no sales were forthcoming it had
overcome doubts about the plant’s performance its takeoff was outstanding its
electronics with state-of-the-art and its price was too low for a high
tech aircraft northrop accepted black voters the tiger
shark was a band effectively closing the development of
the family little fighters over the years the qualities that the f5
a t38 design have seen the little planes
and trusted with some very significant roles because it’s two seats speed stability and agility it proved to be an excellent
choice playing has played an important part in some of the United States most significant aviation projects on when the XP seventies tires ignited on
landing the pilot heard about it first from 1838 alongside similarly it was the T-thirty
eight crew who noticed fuel leaking from a broken
seal on the space shuttle during one of its Clyde trials the role
of the chase planes in a test program is an active on they’re not merely
observers a record is that the test planes behavior there in constant contact with the test
pilot are sometimes able to tell him things about his aircraft but he and his instruments are unable to
establish sometimes that information is critically
important on but from the beginning if its career
3038 if I’ve design has always displayed
impeccable handling and stability it’s always had enough aerobatic ability
to please the most demanding pilots nasa obtain T-thirty eights for
the astronauts to maintain the pilot skills a little trainers also found their way
into many nations in the US including mission support with the
Strategic Air Command chaser test support for the aerospace research
pilot school frame support Eglin Air Force Base their service with the Thunderbirds on ba5 also resurfaced in the X 29 program here accompanied by a T-thirty eight
chase plane the forward swept wing explain is seen during its test series the fuselages that even if I with
undercarriage from an F-sixteen welded to the exotic week and its
enhanced maneuverability the simplicity of construction strength
aerodynamic soundness of the a5 suggested its use for such a
transmutation on on the X 29 is an experiment to establish
the face that the next generation fighters it’s fitting the f5 should be
involved on on on at one time most exercises were
conducted with the twins this meant that pilots were pitted in
practice against the same type of craft they were flying themselves it real combat this is one of the least
likely scenarios the US Navy develop its came to remedy
this problem under the acronym decked who dis similar
air combat tactics this has become far better known as Top
Gun training in essence this training tries as
realistically as possible to reproduce combat conditions on in the end the United States also had a
supplier if I V X these were aircraft that have been
here marked for the South Vietnamese before their collapse these 70 aircraft form the basis for the
aggressive squadrons in the USAF equivalent to top gun the
red flag exercise flown by sum up the air force’s best pilots the a5 squadrons are a force to be
reckoned with the f5’s used in part because it is similar
characteristics to the mig-21 and the pilot’s training Russian tactics
formations and maneuvers in the conduct of the
exercises Nellis Air Force Base becomes a combat
deployment for the squadron’s involved this includes the limited support
facilities and organizational difficulties to be expected in a combat situation by by babe and I wouldn’t play can do
you know in a white head that way and that good practice bubble routine
playing they know have grown over the period of the use in
red flag the f5’s have come up against virtually
every frontline fighter in the West the aggressor pilots a very
experienced have become specialists in Ric Flair however it’s still so brain tumor but
against the best fighters the Western powers have had over the last twenty
years there’s no time but has established a
clear ascendancy over the Tigers scared in fact at about speech third first served spent about okay we just want top compartment 180 to comment on while
the in spec in the opponents have the Tigers in
these exercises were frontline Scotland’s equipped with the best aircraft been trained to the highest
standards electronically assessed red flag kill ratios favorite types like the F-fifteen 40
which a truly or some systems against the airport but
the margin his small but if a number of plane shot
down as compared to the dollar value those
claims then the results change dramatic red flag exercises with f5’s tend to
indicate the foursome Tigers will provide with
the margin against the equivalent Donovan any other
type of player this includes types the far more recent designs this not only puts the a5 into a more
favorable wide but dismisses many long-established
criticisms but this unique family have airplanes I’m mmm do the

100 thoughts on “Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter HD

  • i heard some lady say that the F-5 has a problem with its inverted flight tanks – it wont do a negative G pushover. Also I heard a bald navy officer say that these planes carry the Exocet anti-ship missle, which can be fired from 100 miles away.

  • For around $60, y'all can get DCS – F-5E, a high fidelity flight sim modeling this aircraft. It is as close as you can get to flying one: without leaving your comfy armchair behind. (provided your computer can handle it)

  • Actually the First 3-4 weeks of TopGun the F14 and F15 where losing to the F-5. They had to change the rules to favor long range radar guided missile use to turn the tables. Once they tweaked the rules the F-14 could break even with it and the F15 managed a 2:1 kill ratio.

    Same thing applies today. The F-22 Raptor get's it's butt handed to it in a VFR Dog Flight. It only wins when it can take advantage of stealth and long range missile kills.It loses to much cheaper aircraft in a turning fight.

    Just like n sports the rules you fight by determine how effective a given weapon system is a great design that is high tech can be crippled by stupid rules of engagement.

    The F-5 was the last modern jet fighter that was low maintenance and cost effective to operate. It also could go head to head with weapon systems costing 10X more. The avionics where always the limiting factor for this aircraft. THe F-5E Tiger II could cruise at Mach 1.6 and was mostly made out of aluminum and had one piece wings!

    The F18 was directly derived from further studies based on the F-5. They basically used the F-5 for on going design idea's and research and it lead directly to the F-18 which few people seem to understand.

    If the Tiger II had had the same or similar radar and avionics of the F-15 it would have been a beast!!!

  • My deceased husband, Len Wilson, flew in the original Skoshi Tiger program in 1965.  Unfortunately he was killed in an F5 (a 2 seat trainer)  in Morocco a couple years later.

  • I see them regularly where i live, Air force uses them as training planes still…Always loved that design..

  • Unfortunatly for the Rep of Viet Nam was terminated by the North of Viet Nam. Unless, the S.Korean will be nothing. We have been betrayed by the American at end of the war. Poor Viet Nam now

  • USAF evaluating F-5 in 1962
    Q: Can it carry and deliver B-61?
    A: Well no.

    Q: Can it survive Soviet Integrated Air Defense, in Central Europe , to deliver the B-61 weapon using high speed loft?
    A: Not certain about that.

    Q: Can it outrun Mig-21? Catch up with TU-22 (Blinder)
    A: No on first, and no guarantee on second.

    Well, OK then. This aircraft cannot perform mission USAF (ca. early 1960's Cold War.) requires of it.

  • My favorite aircraft. Such a unique fighter. The USAF dropped the ball on this one. Would of done great as a US fighter in Vietnam against the MIG17 and MIG21.

  • What a great doc. You have to love any fighter that can take off and land on basically a plowed, bumpy field. What a mistake to cancel the F-20. Not only did it have the artillery, but painted in black, it looked menacing; almost evil. Imagine a squadron of 20 black F-20's…

  • POLITICS AND PAYOFFS !!!!  Nuttiness changed in 50 years or more.  Damn !!  I do pray that for the next three years, at least, the so-called mentality of D.C. will become more honest and effective. . .

  • Meant "nuttin'"  spell check is a pain at times.  No matter how old the marketing maybe, This bird needs more than a second look.  And more !!!!!

  • The F-5 would seem to have low optical and radar observability, an asset in bringing fighters with long-range radar-guided missiles close in for a visual range dogfight.

  • The USAF Leaders are Idiots….We should've equipped ourselves with 1000's of these for 1/4 the cost of some of the larger US fighter….Not buying the F-20 (F-5G) was the biggest mistake we made….

  • A perfect plane. Built to do a job and being good at it, low cost no nonsense. It's the most underrated plane in the world. Now we have the F-35 the most costly overrated jet to date. Why not learn from history? You can design a plane at a relative low cost, that actually works. I know things have changed. Nowadays You sell a plane nobody wants without having anything to show for it. The lacking of performance is being adverted to being due to it's complex nature with the customers having a chance to being in on development. In plain english, there are no working plane. You have to pay twice. First when You buy it. Later to make it fly. Imagine it was a car. You buy the newest model to find out, it's hardly a prototype. If You want it to be road legal, You have to pay additional money for development. But if You pay in advance, You could be driving within the next 6-8 years. Perhaps asking for even more money. Because they haven't planned the logistics. You can become a VIP customer if You plan to donate a little extra.
    My government is a specialist in misuse of public money. No wonder they liked this toy so much. They can relate to it, seccondly they blame the americans at the first signs of trouble. They had been warned, but oh no it was just red propaganda. Even pilots warned against it, of course a pilot don't know anything about jets. As politicians knows everything…. (When not being held responsible).

  • Does anyone know any of the pilots from Vietnam? I am searching for Phuoc Van Nguyen. He was stationed at Williams AFB for training on these planes. We lost touch with him after he went back to Vietnam. This means a lot to me. Any help would be appreciated. Please feel free to message me.

  • no wonder the iranians reverse engineered and still producing this plane. its a little fighter but a piranha and in a swarm it will kill even the biggest fishes in the oceans

  • Performance & capability wise reminds me a little of the sepecat jaguar. Another hugely underrated low level strike/light fighter….

  • Airforce didnt want small cheap planes because they wanted those expensive big jets and the fat commissions that came with it.

  • Airforce didnt want small cheap planes because they wanted those expensive big jets and the fat commissions that came with it.

  • They're so tiny. They look like the only limit to their capabilities is that your pilot can't fly when he's been turned into soup.

  • …the Phil has an squadron of F-5 in the late 60s… but we're not good in maintenance so the jets became junk before their time…

  • Wow , That thing is sure one really fuckin Ugly pile a shit for the cost and time involved, it's look is much like an American plane and the people that built it, Ugly and useless as fuck for the price much like an American woman , sloppy fat and worn out used up pussy and over priced no doubt hehe yes they still brag how good it is I bet  just like there harlet whore woman they have  , YUCK!, well enjoy and brag about it ladies hehe.

  • This episode is from the Great Planes series.
    Come visit the Great Planes / Wings Database for more information and links to all the videos.

    Originally called Great Planes, the Wings series initially aired Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Discovery Channel in the U.S. from 9-10 p.m. Eastern beginning in 1988 and into the early 1990s.

  • The F5 was the AK-47 of jet fighters. F20 lost to F16 only because brides were paid. But use your heads. Northrop "claims" that they spent Two Billion US Dollars developing F20. BULLSHIT! F20 was just a larger version of F5. That means that most of the development had and test data had already been compiled. That money was really being spent on the B2 Spirt Bomber, meaning that the research cost of F20 was really being just a cover story We'll be given the real details about that one in another 20 years.

  • Fascinating report on this elegant and, ultimately, very successful aircraft. Hats off to the folk at Northrop who had the confidence to back their own analysis of what attributes would appeal to many overseas air forces, despite constant criticism by their own USAF. The final piece of analysis in this report supports what used to be the soviet strategy: large numbers of low cost weapons can prevail over small numbers of expensive, high technology machines.

  • LOL! Look at those mechanics! It's like they are working around a car! 😀 There's even a scene, where they change a wheel! XD 😀

  • I live close to larisa AFB, central Greece. They have a tiger, as used by the HAF, on the gardens of the hellenic airforce hq. Such a sleek aircraft.

  • What a beautiful airframe. From a time when simplicity and pilot skill was enough. notice how when they weren't trying too hard and they thought they were just building a trainer… It ends up being such an effective tool in its role.

  • Northrop built some serious planes..They were the original designer of the F18, one of the best planes ever produced.

  • now .. i see why .. other countries didn't want .. the phantom .. it was to expensive .. and .. no one wanted to buy them .. the f16 was more expensive .. and .. the f20 tigershark would have cost less .. so money did change hands in the higher echelon of the united states government .. so .. the .. f16 would be chosen as an export plane to other nations .. the f20 tigershark didn't cost as much and lost out to united states government corruption and even building a couple of hundred for the top gun program would have exposed .. government corruption .. because someone would have asked .. why .. and someone would have to have an explain .. why ..

  •    this should address all the retarded comments about the F-5 and it's ultimate evolution into the TigerShark — the amount of stupid trolling here is record breaking and jaw dropping in it's shear ignorance

  • and here is CHUCK YEAGER telling you HOW GREAT this platform is you doubt-fuck-tard morons who trolled on this page                   

  • These carry the exocet anti-ship missiles capable of firing them 10 miles away this is what you've been trained for this is the real thing! In regards to Maverick is he the best man for the I know what you're going to say stow it

  • Funny how the USAF works; if it isn't a multi billing dollar platform they don't want it. Bring these lil bastards back to run in unison with F-29's by THE 1,000'S & STILL COULD CUT THE USFA BUDGET IN HALF!!! AMAZING!

  • Great Plane- If Retro Fitted into an inexpensive Drone Plane – It would still be useful Today!
    You could Literally have 100+ of them instead of 1 Single Ridiculous F35 Joint Strike Fighter-😉

  • nicaragua derribo uno cuando La Gigantesca Operacion internacional Danto.88 en Bocay Frontera Hondureña

  • On armed forces day, 1966, I visited my brother's air force base – Bunker Hill, 305th bomb wing. I stood next to an F-5 and could easily have reached up and touched the canopy. I was shorter back then, too.

  • I remember seeing a couple of F-5C models that were being sent to Vietnam back in 1965 when I was an E3 at McConnell AFB, KS. We had a ramp full of F105D/Fs and Guard F100D/Fs. The small, sleek profile of the F-5 stood in sharp contrast to the older, larger aircraft. The thought that I would fly the T-38B in pilot training a decade and a half later never entered my mind at the time. I would have jumped at the chance to fly the F-5…but that wasn't to be. The AF is looking for a replacement for its aging T-38 trainers. A single engine version of the T-38 using the more powerful engine from the F-5E would make an excellent and cost-effective replacement.

  • Now I know why late President Ferdinand Marcos bought this for the Philippines air defense BACK IN THE LATE 70's, and why PAF veteran fighter pilots are more confident flying this fighter aircraft rather than the newly acquired FA/50

  • Muy exelente aviones Honduras lo sigur teniendo en servicio asi como mexico chile colombia y Argentina exelente aviones tambien Honduras tiene en servicio los f16

  • The F5s were a special gift from the american taxpayers to the dictators that supported US against Soviet Union. "Freedom Fighter"? C'mon!?!?

  • Statics of Actions during 13.01.2018 0:00AM – 23:59:59 p.m. GMT:

    Two squadrons of 48 [in total] Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter were were on an Intercept Mission close to the border. We destroyed dozens of hostile jets, bombers and a few Transport Aircrafts. ALL Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter reached Home Base without problems. Mission was an outreaching success!!!

    Kill Statics:

    56x Combat Jets destroyed

    37x Bombers destroyed
    4x Transport Aircraft
    s destroyed

    0 Loses

    Weapon Statics:

    3835 rounds of 20 mm M39A2 Revolver cannons fired (7,1% Success Rate)

    39x AIM-9 Sidewinders fired (79,5% Success Rate)

    56x AIM-120 AMRAAM fired (76,8% Success Rate)

    HAV, 16.01.2019 ~22:16 p.m. GMT.

    Xavier Amadé Bach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow. Now I understand why Iran copied the F5 for their first ever domestically produced fighter aircraft! It was the perfect choice for the reasons demonstrated in this documentary.

  • i will put this 1950 f5 fighther against the new korean FA50. LOL this fighter was a beast in a small package—- so underrated.

  • Just wish this plane was given a chance to really fight with the US. And that it was still in active service.

  • This aircraft design looks like it's fast, even sitting static out on the tarmac or a hangar. Super aggressive & spear looking w/that low stretched pointed nose & flat under belly. Some fighters have aggressive lines through the use of curve blending & smooth transitions btwn wings, fuselage, stabilizers & intakes, like the F-16. The F-5 is very sharp & harsh btwn the transitions. I've always thought that truly great fighters can't focus solely on function. Attention must be paid to it's appearance, along as it doesn't compromise functionality. The USAF will nvr admit it, but I'm of the opinion that form played a role to some degree, in Northrop loosing to the F-22 w/their YF-23. Clearly, the YF-23 had the superior stealth capability, and possibly equal maneuvering characteristics, besides the thrust vectoring. But the Raptor just looks better.
    The YF-23 wing shape & huge laid over tails, just looked bizarre. Idk, thats only my insignificant opinion, but i believe it holds merit.

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