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Tunisian Air Force F-5 Tiger crashes, pilot killed

A Tunisian Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger fighter jet crashed in the morning of October 6, 2020 in the region of Remada, Tataouine Province, southeastern Tunisia. 

A Tunisian Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger fighter jet crashed in the morning of Oct. 6, 2020 in the region of Remada, Tataouine Province, southeastern Tunisia. 

According to Tunisian media, the pilot was killed.

According to Major Mohamed Zakri, Tunisian Ministry of Defence spokesman, “The cause of the crash remains, for the moment, unknown.” 

Zakri pointed out that the fighter crashed while carrying out a border patrol with Libya in the desert of Remada. 

Since 2013, Tunisian F-5s have been used in strike missions in support of major military offensives in the border region of Mount Chaambi against Ansar al-Sharia and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

12 F-5s were operated by No. 15 Squadron of Tunisian Air Force before the crash, set to be replaced by the F-16s currently on order.

One of the most enduring military aircraft designs ever introduced, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s F-5 tactical fighter series has served its customers over more than four decades. The F-5’s initial flight was Jul. 31, 1963, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The F-5 is an agile, highly maneuverable, reliable supersonic fighter, combining advanced aerodynamic design, engine performance and low operating costs. More than 2,600 were built by Northrop Grumman and under co-production and licensing agreements with Canada, the Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Spain and Switzerland.

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Photo credit: Tunisian Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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