Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA3319 Northrop F-5E Tiger II sn 74-1553, 527th Aggressor Sqn. Alconbury AB, England 1976-1988 "Snake scheme"
The Northrop F-5 tactical fighter was designed as an extremely maneuverable, supersonic
fighter with a high rate of reliability at a low operating cost. The F-5 first flew on July 30,
1959 with the first customer delivery in 1964. The last of more than 2,600 F-5’s was
produced in 1989 and about two-thirds of these are still in service with 26 countries more
than 4 decades later. The F-5 was manufactured by Northrop Grumman and under license
in Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland.
In April 1976 the 527th began as the 527th Tactical Fighter Training and Aggressor
Squadron located at RAF Alconbury near Cambridge England. In May 1976 the squadron
was equipped with the Northrop F-5E and beginning in September of that year provided
aggressor support to combat units based in Europe. Shortly there after; the squadron was
renamed the 527th Aggressor Squadron and their F-5Es wore the “snake” camo paint
scheme. On June 22, 1988 the 527th flew its last sortie using the F-5E. The 527th AS
transitioned to the F-16C in January 1989. F-5E 74-1553 was built in 1974 as c/n R1211
and in July 1990 it was transferred to the Moroccan Air Force as 01553.
Specifications Northrop F-5E Tiger II
Length - 47 ft 4.75 in (14.45 m)
Wingspan - 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
Height - 13 ft 4.5 in (4.08 m)
2 X General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet
Dry thrust - 3,500 lbf (15.5 kN) per engine
Thrust with afterburner - 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) per engine
Internal fuel - 677 US gal (2,563 L)
External fuel - 275 US gal (1,040 L) per tank in up to 3 tanks
Empty weight - 9,558 lb (4,349 kg)
Loaded weight - 15,745 lb (7,157 kg)
Max takeoff weight - 20,486 lb (9,312 kg)
Maximum speed - 917 kn (1,060 mph, 1,700 km/h, Mach 1.6)
Range - 760 nmi (870 mi, 1,405 km)
Ferry range - 2,010 nmi (2,310 mi, 3,700 km)
Service ceiling - 51,800 ft (15,800 m)
Rate of climb - 34,400 ft/min (175 m/s)
Guns – 2 X 20 mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose, 280
Hardpoints - 7 total (3 X wet): 2 X wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4 X under-wing and 1 X under-fuselage pylon stations holding up to 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) of payload.
2 X LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19 X / 7 X Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively)
2 X LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19 X CRV7 70 mm rockets)
2 X LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4 X Zuni 127 mm rockets)
2 X Matra rocket pods (each with 18 X SNEB 68 mm rockets)
4 X AIM-9 Sidewinders
4 X AIM-120 AMRAAMs
2 X AGM-65 Mavericks
Bombs: A variety of air-to-ground ordnance such as the Mark 80 series of unguided iron bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs), CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions, napalm bomb canisters and M129 Leaflet bomb and laser guided bombs of Paveway family.
Others: up to 3 X 150/275 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.
Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early batch of F-5E
Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E