F-5A Freedom Fighter
F-5A Freedom Fighter
Origin USA United States
Role Light fighter
Manufacturer Northrop Corporation
Primary user Navy United States Navy
China AF Chinese Air Force
Korea AF South Korean Air Force
Iran AF Iranian Air Force
General characteristics
Crew 1
Length 47 ft 4¾ (14.45 m)
Wingspan 26.8 ft (8.13 m)
Height 13 ft 4½ (4.08 m)
Loaded weight 15,745 lb (7,157 kg)
Maximum speed 1,060 mph (1,700 km/h)
Range 870 mi (1,405 km)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
series information
Appearances H.A.W.X.

The Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter is part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. Though the USAF had no acknowledged need for a light fighter, it did procure roughly 1,200 Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which were directly based on the F-5A.

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