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Canadair NF-5B (CL-226) Aircraft Data

Photo ID 13493 by Chris Lofting. Turkey Air Force Canadair NF 5B, 4021
The CF-5A/D, CF-116 in Canadian service, is a license built version of the Northrup F-5A/B 'Freedom Fighter'. Canadair built 89 single-seat CF-5A's and 46 two-seat CF-5D's before production ended in 1971. All versions of the CF-5 are capable of being refueled in-flight, though equipment may not be always fitted.
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • First Flight: 7/1/1959
  • Initial Service Date: 12/19/1968
  • No. Built: 135
  • No. In Service: 60 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 5
  • Crew: 2


2× license-built GE J85-15 afterburning turbojets at 4,300 lbf


The CF-5's weapons capability is basic when compared to modern warplanes. Two 20mm M39A2 cannons, mounted in the nose with 280 rounds per gun. CF-5's did not have the characteristic wing-tip missile rails for the AIM-9 'Sidewinder' AAM, tip-tanks were carried instead. 2 x rocket pods of the CRV-7, LAU-10, or MATRA type could be carried on under-wing hard points. AGM-65 Maverick, Mark 80 unguided bombs, CBU-series bombs and M129 leaflet dispensers could also be carried along with drop-tanks.


Length: 47 ft. 2 in.
Wing Span: 25 ft. 10 in.
Wing Area: 186 sq.ft
Height: 13 ft. 2 in.
Empty Weight: 8,681 lbs
Max. Weight: 20,390 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 7,000 lbs
Max. Payload: 7,000 lbs


Max. Speed: 978 mph
Cruise Speed: 518 mph
Service Ceiling: 41,000 ft.
Normal Range: 760 nm


Botswana Defense Force (14), Canadian Armed Forces (retired in 1995), Hellenic Air Force (retired), The Royal Netherlands Air Force (retired), The Royal Norwegian Air Force (retired, but kept airworthy), Turkish Air Force (36), Venezuelan Air Force (12).

Random great photos of the Canadair NF-5B (CL-226):

Photo ID 7745 by Christophe Haentjens. Turkey Air Force Canadair NF 5B CL 226, 71 4021
Photo ID 22077 by Michael Baldock. Netherlands Air Force Northrop NF 5B Freedom Fighter, K 4020
Photo ID 5520 by Paul Tiller. Turkey Air Force Canadair NF 5B CL 226, 71 4021
Photo ID 171419 by Arie van Groen. Turkey Air Force Canadair NF 5B CL 226, 71 4017
Photo ID 214544 by Carl Brent. Netherlands Air Force Canadair NF 5B CL 226, K 4011
Photo ID 5278 by Ian Heald. Turkey Air Force Canadair NF 5B, 4009