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Tag: Northrop F-20 Tigershark

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...
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...
This cool F-20 promotional video (featuring an intro by super ace Chuck Yeager) will make you want a Tigershark so bad
In his autobiography, which he wrote after the F-20 was canceled, Yeager touted the Tigershark as "magnificent." The cool F-20 promotional video in this post was taken in the 1980s and features an intro by super ace Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, who at the time was a spokesperson for Northrop. In his autobiography, which he wrote...
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...
Remembering the F-16/79, the low cost Viper powered by the J79 turbojet engine
Test pilots reported that the F-16/79 demonstrated the same 9G capability of the basic F-16, but the former seemed to perform easily at or near Mach 2 In response to President Jimmy Carter's February 1977 directive to curtail arms proliferation by selling only reduced-capability weapons to foreign countries, General Dynamics privately developed a modified export-oriented version of the F-16A/B designed...
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...
The following investigation cleared the F-20 of mechanical or design issues since it concluded that Cornell had blacked out due to excessive g-forces Taken on Oct. 10, 1984 the impressive video in this post features the first prototype (serial 82-0062, c/n GG1001, registered N4416T) of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark crashing at Suwon Airbase, South Korea, killing Northrop pilot Darrell Cornell. Actually...

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