Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA3328 Northrop F-5E Tiger II "Red 10", s.n. 73-00867, ex-VNAF transferred to Soviet Union, 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.

In 1972 South Vietnam began to receive the first of 52 Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft. With the collapse of the South Vietnamese Government 877 aircraft of various types were captured by North Vietnam forces. Of the 877 captured aircraft 41 were F-5s. In November 1975 the VPAF offered the Soviets the opportunity to select aircraft, spare engines and parts to take back to the Soviet Union. The chosen F-5E aircraft was Northrop F-5E 73-00867 c/n R.1048. The F-5E was used in flight evaluations against their MiG-21.

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