Northrop F-5

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Wednesday, Jan 16 2013 by

The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of widely used light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop. Hundreds remain in service in air forces around the world in the early 21st century, and the type has also been the basis for a number of other aircraft.

The first-generation F-5A Freedom Fighter entered service in the 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. The USAF had no need for a light fighter but specifed a requirement for a supersonic trainer, procuring about 1,200 of a derivative airframe for this purpose, the Northrop T-38 Talon.

Northrop F-5 takeoff from Canoas AFB (StreetView)
Northrop F-5 takeoff from Canoas AFB

Canadair CF-5 (StreetView)
Canadair CF-5
Casa-Northrop SRF-5A Freedom Fighter (StreetView)
Casa-Northrop SRF-5A Freedom Fighter

Northrop F-5E Tiger II (StreetView)
Northrop F-5E Tiger II

Canadair CF-5A "Freedom Fighter" (StreetView)
Canadair CF-5A "Freedom Fighter"

Canadair CF-5 "Freedom Fighter" (StreetView)
Canadair CF-5 "Freedom Fighter"
Casa-Northrop SF-5A Freedom Fighter (StreetView)
Casa-Northrop SF-5A Freedom Fighter

Northrop F-5 on display (StreetView)
Northrop F-5 on display
Northrop T-38C Talons (Birds Eye)
Northrop T-38C Talons

Northrop T-38A Talon (Birds Eye)
Northrop T-38A Talon