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The F-5 Part 1: Freedom Fighter

March 01, 2021 PilotPhotog Season 1 Episode 7
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The F-5 Part 1: Freedom Fighter
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The F-5 Part 1: Freedom Fighter
Mar 01, 2021 Season 1 Episode 7
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The Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter is a small, highly aerodynamic  and maneuverable jet  which was built around two compact and high thrust General Electric J85 engines.  The F-5 was designed from the ground up to be an easy to maintain, simple to fly, inexpensive multirole fighter.  With its origins dating back to the 1950s the F-5 has stood the test of time, it has become a popular export aircraft  and is still used today by the United states as an adversary or aggressor aircraft. Today we will be taking a look at the first two variants, the F-5A and B, also known as the Freedom Fighter.  Here are some specifications for the F-5A
Length 47.2 ft (14.37 m)
Height 13.2 ft  (4.01 m)
Wingspan 25.8 ft (7.87 m)
Maximum Speed: 925 mph (Mach 1.4)
Empty weight: 8,805 lbs (3,667 kg)
Max T/O weight: 20,677 lb (9,379 kg)
Engine Thrust Class Each:  2,270 lbf (12.1kN) thrust dry, 4,080 lbf (18.1kN) with afterburner
Armament: The F-5A has two internally mounted 20mm cannons in the fuselage nose and can carry two heat seeking sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. Additionally, the F-5 has five pylons which can be used to carry up to 6200 pounds of ordinance or fuel tanks.

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Show Notes

The Northrop F5 Freedom Fighter is a small, highly aerodynamic  and maneuverable jet  which was built around two compact and high thrust General Electric J85 engines.  The F-5 was designed from the ground up to be an easy to maintain, simple to fly, inexpensive multirole fighter.  With its origins dating back to the 1950s the F-5 has stood the test of time, it has become a popular export aircraft  and is still used today by the United states as an adversary or aggressor aircraft. Today we will be taking a look at the first two variants, the F-5A and B, also known as the Freedom Fighter.  Here are some specifications for the F-5A
Length 47.2 ft (14.37 m)
Height 13.2 ft  (4.01 m)
Wingspan 25.8 ft (7.87 m)
Maximum Speed: 925 mph (Mach 1.4)
Empty weight: 8,805 lbs (3,667 kg)
Max T/O weight: 20,677 lb (9,379 kg)
Engine Thrust Class Each:  2,270 lbf (12.1kN) thrust dry, 4,080 lbf (18.1kN) with afterburner
Armament: The F-5A has two internally mounted 20mm cannons in the fuselage nose and can carry two heat seeking sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. Additionally, the F-5 has five pylons which can be used to carry up to 6200 pounds of ordinance or fuel tanks.

If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:

PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)

You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:
https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotog

And finally you can follow me on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/pilotphotog


Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)