Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA3339 F-5F (MIG-28UB), 1980s (pseudo 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.

Since the Soviet/Russian aircraft are assigned odd number designators (MiG-15, MiG-17, Mig-19) the MiG-28 is purely a fictional designator for F-5 aircraft used in the movie “Top Gun”. The enemy aircraft in the movie were 3 F-5Es and 1 F-5F supplied by the real Topgun squadron and painted with a temporary semi-gloss black scheme. The aircraft had the shark nose radome and leading edge extension modifications. These MiG-28 aircraft were never clearly identified as belonging to a specific country although the markings are suggestive of several potentially hostile countries.

Specification for the Northrop F-5E/ F-5F Tiger II
Number Built – 1,400 + E/F
Role F-5F - Two-seat Combat Trainer Version Of The F-5E Tiger II
Length (F-5E) - 47 feet 4.75 inch (14.65 m) Length (F-5F) - 51 feet 4 inch (15.65 m) Wingspan F-5E & F-5F – 26 ft 8 in Height (F-5E) - 13 feet 4 inch (4.06 m) Height (F-5F) - 13 feet 1.75 inch (4.01 m)
Empty Weight (F-5E) – 9,723 lb (4,410 kg) Empty Weight (F-5F) - 10,576 lb (4,797 kg) Max Take-off Weight (F-5E) - 24,722 lb (11,214 kg) Max Take-off Weight (F-5F) - 25,152 lb (11,409 kg)
Powerplant – 2 x General Electric J85-GE-21B Turbojets With 5,000 lb.s.t. With Afterburning Maximum Speed F-5E – Mach 1.64 @ 36,000 ft Maximum Speed F-5F – Mach 1.55 @ 36,000 ft
Range (F-5E) - 1,545 nm (2,863 km) Range (F-5F) - 1,270 nm (2,353 km) Service Ceiling (F-5E) - 51,800 ft (15,780 m) Service Ceiling (F-5F) - 50,800 ft (15,484 m) Max Rate of Climb (F-5E) - 34,500 feet/min Max Rate of Climb (F-5F) - 32,900 feet/min
1 x In-Nose 20mm M39A2 Cannon With 140 Rounds 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder Missiles On Wing Tips 5 x Pylons Capable Of Carrying Up To 7,000 lbs. Of Ordnance Or Fuel 1 x Under Fuselage Center-line 4 x Under Wing (2/Wing)