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Northrop F-5E Tiger II

Photo ID 184906 by Milos Ruza. Switzerland Air Force Northrop F 5E Tiger II, J 3085
The F-5E "Tiger II" was a greatly improved version of the earlier F-5A "Freedom Fighter".

Redesigned as a highly maneuverable, lightweight and inexpensive air superiority fighter, the -E featured an air-to-air fire control radar system and a lead computing gunsight. More powerful J85 engines required the fuselage to be both widened and lengthened. The forward wing root was redesigned to give the "Tiger II" wing its characteristic triple delta shape.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1972
  • Initial Service Date: 1972
  • No. Built: 792
  • No. In Service: 509
  • No. of Hardpoints: 7
  • Crew: 1


2 x General Electric J85-GE-21B afterburning turbojet at 3,500 lbf


Guns: 2 20 mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A2 cannons in the nose, 280 rounds/gun
Hardpoints: 7 total: 2 wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4 under-wing & 1 under-fuselage pylon stations holding up to 7,000 lb (3,200 kg) of payload


* 2 LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19 /7 Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively); or
* 2 LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19 CRV7 70 mm rockets); or
* 2 LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4 Zuni 127 mm rockets); or
* 2 Matra rocket pods (each with 18 SNEB 68 mm rockets)


Length:47 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span:26 ft. 8 in.
Wing Area:186 sq.ft
Height:13 ft. 4 in.
Empty Weight:9,558 lbs
Max. Weight:24,664 lbs
Max. Payload:7,000 lbs


Max. Speed:1,060 mph
Cruise Speed:644 mph
Service Ceiling:51,800 ft.
Normal Range:760 nm
Max. Range:2,010 nm


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