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The United States Navy accepts its 44th modified F-5 Tiger from Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine, Fla. This aircraft, tail number 761550, was built by the company 33 years ago and put into service for the Swiss Air Force. Now, the upgraded aircraft is a U.S. Navy asset and will serve as an adversary trainer for naval aviators.

The United States Navy accepts its 44th modified F-5 Tiger from Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine, Fla. This aircraft, tail number 761550, was built by the company 33 years ago and put into service for the Swiss Air Force. Now, the upgraded aircraft is a U.S. Navy asset and will serve as an adversary trainer for naval aviators.

I’ve always thought the F-5 was a pretty sharp-looking aircraft. Norhtrop Grumman press release on the program here.

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  1. OOOhhhhhh!! Pretty…
    Where can I get one, and will it fit in my garage?

    Joking aside, she is one sharp looking aircraft. Fit to fight, and second to none.

  2. I am fortunate that I get to see NASA T-38’s shooting landings at our local airport. We’re a convenient hop from Houston.

    I’ve always liked the lines of the aircraft.

    MC

  3. I was quite the active model builder (though none too talented) when I was a kid. I still remember my F5 in S. Vietnamese AF colors! Sharp lookin’ ride then………….still is!

  4. The lineage and legacy of the Tiger is interesting. If I remember correctly, the F-5 Tiger II was built by Northrop Grumman for export, but there was a carrier-based Tiger I first. Wish I knew more about it, I recall it being an attractive aircraft as well.

    The F-5’s airframe was used for the YF-17, which was Northrop Grumman’s response to the light fighter competition that generated the F-16. Needless to say, the YF-17 lost the competition, but it was later developed into the F-18 for the navy. The F-18 then grew into the F/A-18E and F Super Hornet. This highly capable multirole aircraft is the Tiger II’s cousin!

    Can anyone tell me more about the capabilities of the F-5? I’m sure Northrop Grumman has developed some sick radar and avionics upgrades for it, and generally aggressor aircraft are highly maneuverable. Can it mount the AMRAAM?

  5. I always liked the F-5/T-38. An interesting development was the F-20 Tigershark which had a single, large engine as opposed to the two smaller ones in the F-5.

    This guy has a pretty good site dedicated to it.

    http://www.f20a.com/

  6. I grew up in the San Antonio area, so I saw a lot of T-38s flying out of Randolph AFB. I agree, it is a great looking plane.

  7. Also, don’t forget about another descendant of the F-5, the Taiwanese IDF. Reagan wouldn’t sell the Taiwanese F-16s, so Northrup helped them build these improved F-5s.

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