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HA3366 F-5F Tiger II 5272, 46th TFS Aggressor Squadron, ROCAF

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 1982 the 44th, 45th and 46th FS formed the 7th FG of the 737th FW. In 1984 the wing converted from the F-5A/B to the F-5E/F and the 46th became a independent TFS reporting directly to the 737th TFW and tasked as an Aggressor Squadron. The 46th TFS F-5Es were painted with large red buzz numbers on the nose and the stenciled “Chung Chen” on the side of the fuselage. In 1988 ROCAF installed its Tactical Aircrew Combat Training System/Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (TACTS/ACMI) training range at Taitung AFB with the 46th TFS as its sole unit. ROCAF Northrop F-5E buzz number 5272 was built as c/n VE.1024 serial number 78-00874.

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
Dimensions
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)
Weight
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)
Performance
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
Armament
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)