Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / F-5E Tiger II

Fighter

Northrop NF-5A Turkish Airforce © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Northrop F-5 is a twin-engined single-seat light jet fighter aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Northrop Corporation (today Northrop Grumman Corporation). Main versions are the F-5A Freedom Fighter and the F-5E Tiger II with their two-seat trainer variants F-5B and F-5F.
The F-5E Tiger II differs from the F-5A Freedom Fighter in having more powerful General Electric J85-GE-21 (22,2 kN / 5000 lbf) engines instead of the J85-GE-13 (18,2 kN / 4080 lbf). The fuselage is enlarged and the wings were modified with an increased wing area. The more modern avionics equipment includes a radar system. The F-5 was also licence-built in Canada by Canadair, in Spain by CASA, in the South Korea and Taiwan.
Crew1
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric J85-GE-21
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
15,6 / 22,2 kN3500 / 5000 lbf
Speed1743 km/h941 kts
  1083 mph
Service Ceiling15.789 m51.800 ft
Range1.406 km759 NM
873 mi.
Empty Weight4.410 kg9.722 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight11.214 kg24.723 lbs
Wing Span8,13 m26 ft 8 in
Wing Area17,3 m²186 ft²
Length14,45 m47 ft 5 in
Height4,06 m13 ft 4 in
First Flight30.07.1959
Production Statusout of production
Total Production2622
Data for (Version)Northrop F-5E Tiger II
VariantsA-9 (F-5A), AR-9, CF-5 (CF-116), F-5A, F-5B, F-5E Tiger II, F-5E Tiger III, F-5EM, F-5F Tiger II, F-5F Tiger III, F-5FM, F-5N, F-5S, F-5T, F-5T Tigris, F-5TIII, KF-5E, KF-5F, NF-5A

[Photo-ID: 7524] © Karsten Palt 2013-07-19
Northrop (Canadair) CF-5A Freedom Fighter, Canadian Armed Forces, 116757, c/n 1057,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop (Canadair)
CF-5A Freedom Fighter
Canadian Armed Forces
Reg.: 116757
c/n: 1057
 
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum [Hamilton, Mount Hope]
[Photo-ID: 5576] © Karsten Palt 2012-04-29
Northrop F-5A, Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), 89-046, c/n N6412,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5A
Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)
Reg.: 89-046
c/n: N6412
 
The War Memorial of Korea [Seoul]
[Photo-ID: 7614] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A, Turkish Air Force, 66-14466, c/n N6320,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 66-14466
c/n: N6320
 
marked as 14460
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 7615] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A, Turkish Air Force, 66-14466, c/n N6320,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 66-14466
c/n: N6320
 
marked as 14460
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 7616] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 70-3022, c/n 3022,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 70-3022
c/n: 3022
 
ex Turkish Stars, ex RNAF K-3022
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 7617] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 70-3022, c/n 3022,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 70-3022
c/n: 3022
 
ex Turkish Stars, ex RNAF K-3022
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 3304] © Karsten Palt 2010-06-18
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 70-3036, c/n 3036,© Karsten Palt, 2010Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 70-3036
c/n: 3036
 
Turkish Stars
Luchtmachtdagen 2010 [Gilze-Rijen (EHGR)]
[Photo-ID: 288] © Karsten Palt 2007-06-15
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 70-3039, c/n 3039,© Karsten Palt, 2007Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 70-3039
c/n: 3039
 
Turkish Stars
Open Dagen Koninklijke Luchtmacht 2007 [Volkel (EHVK / UDE)]
[Photo-ID: 3305] © Karsten Palt 2010-06-18
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 71-3066, c/n 3066,© Karsten Palt, 2010Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 71-3066
c/n: 3066
 
Turkish Stars
Luchtmachtdagen 2010 [Gilze-Rijen (EHGR)]
[Photo-ID: 7618] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 71-3070, c/n 3070,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 71-3070
c/n: 3070
 
ex RNAF K-3070
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 7619] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop F-5A (NF-5A), Turkish Air Force, 71-3070, c/n 3070,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A (NF-5A)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 71-3070
c/n: 3070
 
ex RNAF K-3070
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 11360] © Karsten Palt 2015-05-31
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter, Royal Norwegian Air Force, 207, c/n N7030,© Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
F-5A Freedom Fighter
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Reg.: 207
c/n: N7030
 
Western Museum of Flight [Torrance, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11361] © Karsten Palt 2015-05-31
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter, Royal Norwegian Air Force, 207, c/n N7030,© Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
F-5A Freedom Fighter
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Reg.: 207
c/n: N7030
 
Western Museum of Flight [Torrance, CA]
[Photo-ID: 6424] © Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), KH18-1-10, c/n N6263,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A Freedom Fighter
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Reg.: KH18-1-10
c/n: N6263
 
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 6425] © Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), KH18-13/17, c/n N6008,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5A Freedom Fighter
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Reg.: KH18-13/17
c/n: N6008
 
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 12016] © Karsten Palt 2003-06-21
Northrop F-5B (NF-5B), Turkish Air Force, 4013, c/n 4013,© Karsten Palt, 2003Northrop
F-5B (NF-5B)
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 4013
c/n: 4013
 
ex RNAF K-4013
Open Dagen Koninklijke Luchtmacht 2003 [Vliegbais Twente (EHTW / ENS)]
[Photo-ID: 6426] © Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), KH18K-1/09, c/n N8001,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
F-5B Freedom Fighter
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Reg.: KH18K-1/09
c/n: N8001
 
Thailand's oldest Tiger
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 11166] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter, United States Air Force (USAF), 72-0441, c/n N8092,© Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
F-5B Freedom Fighter
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 72-0441
c/n: N8092
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11167] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter, United States Air Force (USAF), 72-0441, c/n N8092,© Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
F-5B Freedom Fighter
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 72-0441
c/n: N8092
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 6282] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-12
Northrop F-5E, Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan), 5243, c/n V1143,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5E
Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan)
Reg.: 5243
c/n: V1143
 
Yanks Air Museum [Chino, CA]
[Photo-ID: 3403] © Karsten Palt 2010-06-11
Northrop F-5E, Swiss Air Force / Schweizer Luftwaffe, J-3085, c/n L.1085/1182,© Karsten Palt, 2010Northrop
F-5E
Swiss Air Force / Schweizer Luftwaffe
Reg.: J-3085
c/n: L.1085/1182
 
ILA Berlin 2010 [Berlin - Schönefeld (EDDB / SXF)]
[Photo-ID: 11646] © Karsten Palt 2015-08-22
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, Republic of Vietnam Air Force, 73-0852, c/n R1033,© Karsten Palt, 2015Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
Republic of Vietnam Air Force
Reg.: 73-0852
c/n: R1033
 
was captured by the North Vietnam Air Force
Polish Aviation Museum [Krakow]
[Photo-ID: 10553] © Karsten Palt 2014-06-08
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, Republic of Vietnam Air Force, 73-0878, c/n R1059,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
Republic of Vietnam Air Force
Reg.: 73-0878
c/n: R1059
 
Letecke Muzeum Kbely [Prague]
[Photo-ID: 10554] © Karsten Palt 2014-06-08
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, Republic of Vietnam Air Force, 73-0878, c/n R1059,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
Republic of Vietnam Air Force
Reg.: 73-0878
c/n: R1059
 
Letecke Muzeum Kbely [Prague]
[Photo-ID: 5830] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, United States Marine Corps (USMC), 741529, c/n R1186,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Reg.: 741529
c/n: R1186
 
Agressor c/s
Joe Davies Heritage Airpark Plant 42 [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5831] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, United States Marine Corps (USMC), 741529, c/n R1186,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Reg.: 741529
c/n: R1186
 
Agressor c/s
Joe Davies Heritage Airpark Plant 42 [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5893] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, United States Navy, 741574, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
United States Navy
Reg.: 741574
 
displayed in US Marine Corps VMFT-401 aggressor c/s
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5894] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
Northrop F-5E Tiger II, United States Navy, 741574, c/n ,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
F-5E Tiger II
United States Navy
Reg.: 741574
 
displayed in US Marine Corps VMFT-401 aggressor c/s
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 2486] © Karsten Palt 2009-06-25
Northrop NF-5B (Canadair CL-226), Royal Netherlands AF / Koninklijke Luchtmacht, K-4011, c/n 4011,© Karsten Palt, 2009Northrop
NF-5B (Canadair CL-226)
Royal Netherlands AF / Koninklijke Luchtmacht
Reg.: K-4011
c/n: 4011
 
Militaire Luchtvaart Museum [Soesterberg]
[Photo-ID: 6461] © Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Northrop RF-5A, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), TKH18-3/13, c/n RF1038,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
RF-5A
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Reg.: TKH18-3/13
c/n: RF1038
 
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 6462] © Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Northrop RF-5A, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), TKH18-3/13, c/n RF1038,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
RF-5A
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Reg.: TKH18-3/13
c/n: RF1038
 
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 7628] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Northrop RF-5A, Turkish Air Force, 69-7147, c/n RF1027,© Karsten Palt, 2013Northrop
RF-5A
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 69-7147
c/n: RF1027
 
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 2969] © Hartmut Ehlers 2009-12-01
Northrop RF-5E Tigereye, Royal Malaysian Air Force, M29-19, c/n RA1001,© Hartmut Ehlers, 2009Northrop
RF-5E Tigereye
Royal Malaysian Air Force
Reg.: M29-19
c/n: RA1001
 
One of TUDM
LIMA 2009 [Pulau Langkawi - International (WMKL / LGK)]
[Photo-ID: 10724] © Karsten Palt 2014-10-23
Northrop (CASA) SF-5A, Spanish Air Force, A.9-050, c/n 2050,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop (CASA)
SF-5A
Spanish Air Force
Reg.: A.9-050
c/n: 2050
 
Museo del Aire [Madrid]
[Photo-ID: 10725] © Karsten Palt 2014-10-23
Northrop (CASA) SRF-5A, Spanish Air Force, AR.9-062, c/n 2062,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop (CASA)
SRF-5A
Spanish Air Force
Reg.: AR.9-062
c/n: 2062
 
Museo del Aire [Madrid]
[Photo-ID: 12461] © Karsten Palt 2016-04-12
Northrop YF-5A Freedom Fighter, United States Air Force (USAF), 59-4987, c/n N6001,© Karsten Palt, 2016Northrop
YF-5A Freedom Fighter
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 59-4987
c/n: N6001
 
first of three prototypes
Museum of Flight [Seattle, WA]
[Photo-ID: 5522] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop YF-5A Freedom Fighter, United States Air Force (USAF), 59-4989, c/n N.6003,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
YF-5A Freedom Fighter
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 59-4989
c/n: N.6003
 
one of three prototypes
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]