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Last Axalp Air Power Demonstration for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs
2018 edition of Axalp exercise will be remembered for having been the last one for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs Taken on Oct. 11, 2018 the photos in this post show Swiss Air Force air assets in action during the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration. Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central...
Swiss Air Force plans to retire 27 F-5 fighters this year
The service will be left with 26 active F-5 fighters The Swiss military has indicated of its desire to retire 27 Northrop F-5s from service. Four aircraft have already been donated to museums. The rest have been grounded and buyers have been found. Switzerland will be left with 26 active F-5s. These aircraft will flank the Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets...
One of a kind variants of the mighty F-5 fighter
The simple and lightweight F-5 airframe proved to be extremely adaptable to a variety of uses, some of which required extensive modifications to the airframe The following article titled Ultimate and unusual F-5s  appeared in issue 19 – Northrop F-5 of Aviation Classic. The simple and lightweight F-5 airframe proved to be extremely adaptable to a variety of uses, some of which...
Former VFC-13 Adversary Pilot explains how you can fly and fight in the iconic F-5 Tiger II
"I once matched an F-14D through a double-Immelman, though at the top I was desperately stirring the pot clawing for purchase. But the Tomcat driver was so unnerved that he was off his game for the rest of the fight. It was in this way that the F-5 actualized its mission. It was a pilot’s machine that rewarded its...
Royal Thai Air Force to arm F-5s with IRIS-T
The new procurement plans to integrate the missile onto the F-5, making IRIS-T a standard armament of the Royal Thai Air Force Diehl Defence announced that Thailand has placed an order for another batch of the company’s IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missiles and these will be used by the Royal Thai Air Force’s F-5s. The missile has been integrated on Thailand’s F-16s...
Republic of China Air Force grounded F-5 fighter jets as kids were having exams
According ROCAF spokesperson the F-5 fighters were grounded to avoid fighter aircraft noise affecting candidates undertaking the annual “Four Second Technical Secondary Unified Entrance Test” Northrop F-5 fighters assigned to Taitung airbase in Taiwan were recently grounded and the defense ministry explained that it was due to high school exams. According to Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) spokesperson the aircraft...
A quick look at how you could fly and fight in the F-20 Tigershark, the super light-fighter that never was
Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air capability, and had a full suite of air-to-ground modes capable of firing most U.S. weapons The F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975. The aircraft which was a further evolution of Northrop’s F-5E Tiger...
Exclusive: former Topgun instructor presents the original article that inspired legendary Top Gun movie
“Moving up to the F-14 Tomcat meant crossing the magic line that separates the men from the boys, like first-time sex, glorious and terrifying” Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer stated explicitly that the inspiration for the famed Paramount motion picture “Top Gun” was the article "Top Guns" by Ehud Yonay, from the May 1983 issue of California magazine, which...
Here's an interesting photo of first Northrop F-5F Tiger II
The Northrop F-5F was the two-seat trainer version of the company's F-5E Tiger II and featured a completely new fuselage Taken at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) the interesting image in this post shows the first Northrop F-5F that piloted by Hank Chouteau performed the first flight on Sep. 25, 1974. The F-5F was the two-seat trainer version of the company’s...
Axalp Air Power Demonstration 2017: where mountains meet the sky
This year edition of the event marked the 75th anniversary of the famed Axalp Air Power Demonstration Taken on Oct. 11, 2017 the photos in this post show Swiss Air Force air assets in action during the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration. Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central Switzerland,...