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This light fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the United States, is one of the most popular aircraft in the world: in service with over thirty armed forces the F-5 was (and in some cases still is) the cornerstone of the air force. It first flew in 1959, and the models in service through to the end of the 1960s are known as the F-5 Freedom Fighters.

From 1970 older models were replaced by a new version with larger tanks and new engines, called the F-5E Tiger II, which is flown in Switzerland – and was also used temporarily in Austria: from July 2004 till June 2008, 12 aircraft of the Swiss Air Force had been leased to form the main component of Austria’s active airspace surveillance. Thereafter, for the Austrian Armed Forces a new era started with the EUROFIGHTER system.

At AIRPOWER16 a Swiss F-5 can be seen as part of the „Historic Jet Formation“ where it will be shown together with all other jet types that have ever been employed by the Austrian Air Force.

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© Schweizer Luftwaffe

Facts & Figures

Variant F-5E Tiger II
Length 14.68 m
Wingspan 8.13 m
Height 4.06 m
Empty weight 6,663 kg
Max. take-off weight 11,180 kg
Max. speed Mach 1.64 / 1,700 km/h
Power plant 2 General Electric J-85-GE-21A
Thrust 2x 2.224 daN lb (with afterburner)
Crew 1
Display Flying