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Northrop F-5E Tiger II

History of the F-5E Tiger II

Built off the successful F-5A platform, the more powerful F-5E included improved avionics, air-to-air fire control radar system, and enhanced weapons capabilities. The F-5E made its initial flight in 1972 and served during the Vietnam War. The F-5E was most well-known for simulating MiG-21s for training in aerial combat skills and Soviet tactics at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Northrop F-5E Tiger II

Serial Number: 73-01640

Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation

Crew: One

Engines: Two General Electric J85-GE-21 turbojets; 5,000 pounds thrust each with afterburner

Wingspan: 26 feet 8 inches

Length: 48 feet 2 inches

Height: 13 feet 4 inches

Weight: 24,675 pounds (maximum)

Speed: 1,050 mph (Mach 1.63)

Range: 2,300 miles (with external fuel tanks)

Service Ceiling: 50,700 feet

Armament: Two M-39 20mm cannons; rockets, missiles and 5,500-pound bombs loaded externally

Cost: $756,000

The F-5E Tiger II at Hill Air Force Base

Over the years, the Ogden Air Logistics Center supported Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of undergraduate pilot trainers and visual systems; among them were F-5 trainers. The F-5E on display was originally a Northrop test/chase jet that served at bases in California and Arizona in the 1970s. Hill Aerospace Museum acquired this aircraft for display, and it was painted to closely resemble the F-5Es flown by the United States Air Force (USAF) Aggressor Squadrons at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

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