Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA3326 Northrop F-5E Tiger II s.n. 73-00847, VNAF, 1970s

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.

Northrop F-5E Tiger II 73-0847 was c/n R.1028 and was one of 58 F-5Es sent to the South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War. The first 18 F-5Es arrived in 1972 when they were diverted from delivery to Iran. The F-5E saw minimal use by the VNAF because their more advanced technology made them difficult to maintain so the F-5As saw the action. This aircraft was based with the 23rd TFW at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in 1975 then flown to Thailand and returned to the U.S..

Specifications Northrop F-5E Tiger II
Crew: 1
Dimensions
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)
Powerplant
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
Weight
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)
Performance
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)
Armament
Guns – 2 X 20 mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose, 280 rounds/gun
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.
Rockets
2 X LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19 X / 7 X Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively)
or
2 X LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19 X CRV7 70 mm rockets)
or
2 X LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4 X Zuni 127 mm rockets)
or
2 X Matra rocket pods (each with 18 X SNEB 68 mm rockets)
Missiles:
Air-to-air missile:
4 X AIM-9 Sidewinders
or
4 X AIM-120 AMRAAMs
Air-to-surface missile:
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.
Avionics
Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early batch of F-5E
Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E