|F-5E Tiger II|
|Primary user||United States Air Force|
|Length||47.41 ft (14.45 m)|
|Wingspan||26.8 ft (8.13 m)|
|Height||13.42 ft (4.08 m)|
|Loaded weight||24,723 lb (11,214 kg)|
|Maximum speed||1,077 mph (1,734 km/h)|
|Range||1,543 mi (2,483 km)|
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The F-5E Tiger II is a single-seat twin-engined supersonic fighter aircraft, was developed by Northrop Grumman, US. The aircraft took its maiden flight on 11 August 1972 and entered into service in 1975. It is the upgraded version of the F-5A Freedom fighter aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman in early 1959.
The production of F-5A-21 began in 1970 by Northrop Grumman and at the same time the aircraft was renamed 'F-5E Tiger II'. The avionics of the F-5E Tiger II are more sophisticated compared to the earlier version F-5A aircraft. It rolled out from production in 1987 and since then has undergone various upgrades to compete with changing combat environments.
The aircraft costs are low and can be easily maintained compared to the F-15 and F-16 aircraft. It was used in the Cold War by the US Air Force (USAF) for training and war purposes. The aircraft can accommodate a single pilot.