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NORTHROP F-5 Freedom Fighter

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F5
Aircraft
Name F-5 Freedom Fighter
Manufacturer NORTHROP
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, low set
WTC Medium
APC E
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position In fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3


Manufacturered as:

AIDC F-5 Chung-Cheng
AIDC Chung-Cheng
CANADAIR NF-5
CANADAIR CF-116
CANADAIR CL-219
CANADAIR CF-5
CANADAIR CL-226
CASA SF-5
CASA A-9
CASA AR-9
CASA SRF-5
F+W EMMEN Tiger 2
F+W EMMEN F-5 Tiger 2
KOREAN AIR Tiger 2
KOREAN AIR F-5 Tiger 2
KOREAN AIR F-5 Chegoong-Ho
KOREAN AIR Chegoong-Ho
NORTHROP F-5 Tiger 2
NORTHROP Tigereye
NORTHROP RF-5 Tigereye
NORTHROP N-156F Freedom Fighter
NORTHROP N-156C Freedom Fighter
NORTHROP Tiger 2
NORTHROP F-5 Freedom Fighter
NORTHROP RF-5 Freedom Fighter
NORTHROP Freedom Fighter


NORTHROP F-5 Freedom Fighter

NORTHROP F-5 Freedom Fighter NORTHROP F-5 Freedom Fighter 3D

Description

Light weight multi role fighter. In service since 1969 (F-5E/F since 1972). Built in several versions:

  • F-5A (single seat) and F-5B (two seats) initial version,
  • CF-5A and CF-5D for Canadian Air Force,
  • NF-5A/B for Royal Netherlands Air Force,
  • SF-5 licence production by CASA in Spain and RF-5A reconnaissance derived.

Improved development F-5E/F and RF-5E Tiger 2 with more powerful engines, wing tips and modern avionics. In service with Norwegian, Spanish, Greek and Turkish Air Forces as well as Middle East, Far East, African and South American Air Forces. Still serves as aggressor aircraft with US Navy and Marines. Max Speed: 917kts (Mach 1.6)

Technical Data

Wing span 8.1 m26.575 ft
Length 14.5 m47.572 ft
Height 4 m13.123 ft
Powerplant A/B: 2 x 12.33 kN GE J85-GE-13 (with afterburner 2 x 18.5 kN) turbojets.

E/F: 2 x 15.5 kN GE J85-GE-21B (with afterburner 2 x 22.4 kN) turbojets.

Engine model General Electric J85

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 556 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.96 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 92009,200 kg
9.2 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL510 ROD ft/min APC E
WTC M Range 14001,400 nm
2,592,800 m
2,592.8 km
8,506,561.686 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving F5

None on SKYbrary