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Northrop RF-5 Tigereye (N995SC) - Had to do a double take when I saw this tip-tanked beauty on approach. FREEDOM1 on final approach for 16R with the board extended. This 1966 F-5B started its life with the Royal Norwegian Air Force before eventually leaving the fleet in the mid-2000s. The aircraft was recently returned to airworthiness by its registered owner, Aerospace Quality Research and Development Inc. Other than that, nothing else is known.
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Northrop RF-5 Tigereye (N995SC)

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Had to do a double take when I saw this tip-tanked beauty on approach. FREEDOM1 on final approach for 16R with the board extended. This 1966 F-5B started its life with the Royal Norwegian Air Force before eventually leaving the fleet in the mid-2000s. The aircraft was recently returned to airworthiness by its registered owner, Aerospace Quality Research and Development Inc. Other than that, nothing else is known.

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Tom Glass
Great Shot!
davesheehy
Excellent shot! 5*
avionik99
I worked of these F-5's back at Willie in 74. Along with the T-38's and T-37's. They were a lot of work then can only imagine now....
Jim Metzger
OUTSTANDING!
Always one of my favourite looking aircraft! Beautiful picture.
Lew Aaronson
I was in Class 63-B at Willie Aug'61-Sep'62. During our T-33 basic phase our IP's were checking out in the T-38. I thought the F-5 was essentially a single engine T-38.
adelma
Ditto my comments on the T-38!
Mr. Aaronson, the F-5 was derived from the T-38 as a low cost fighter for less wealthy allies. Like the T-38, it was also a twin turbo jet aircraft. The lineage evolved into the YF-17 which lost out to the YF-16 for the USAF lower cost fighter to complement the F-15, and then into the F/A-18. The final development of the type was the F-20 Tiger Shark which was powered by the General Electric F404 with single engine installed. That was the same engine that powered the F/A-18. Historically the F-5 and T-38 was viewed as under powered. That may have been true, however, the small airframe only allowed for small power plants which was fundamental to Northrop's vision. The engine which powered the F-20 fully exploited the airframe, but unfortunately no one showed any interest in buying the type. BG Chuck Yeager flew the type and stated it was the best air to air performer ever built, at least up until that time. They all are awesome aircraft and this is a fantastic photo! It's amazing the longevity of the type. It remains the USAF advanced trainer, NASA astronauts uses them to maintain fight currency, and both the USAF and USN uses the as aggressors. It was a grand slam development by the Northrop Cooperation.
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