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.

F-5E J-3036 was manufactured in 1976 as 76-01561 and leased to the Austrian Air Force as J-3036. The aircraft was returned in 1980 to the U.S. and in 1982 sold to the Swiss Air Force. After several moves the aircraft went to Sion AB in 2005. That same year J-3036 was one of 12 F-5Es leased to Austria until 2008 when the 12 F-5Es were returned to the Swiss. In 2016 J-3036 was SOC but in 2017 was given the special paint scheme to mark the closure of Fliegerstaffel 19 Sion AB.

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