The Philippines will decommission the last of its 40-year-old F-5 fighter jets, leaving the country without any aerial defense aircraft, an Air Force spokesman said Sept. 29.
Ceremonies for the decommissioning of the U.S.-made “Freedom Fighter” jets will be held at Basa Air Base on Oct. 1, marking the last use of these aircraft.
Only about five F-5s are still operational, Major Augusto dela Pena said.
With so many internal troubles, air defense against outside threats just isn’t a priority. So they’re going to try to use trainer jets as makeshift fighters. Good luck.