F-5 A Freedom Fighter Fighter Bomber
The Freedom Fighter is part of a family of aircraft that include the T-38 Talon, F-5 E Tiger II, RF-5 Tigereye, YF-17, F-18 and the F-20 Tigershark. Although optimized for ground attack, the F-5 A could also be used for air to air combat and was widely exported to US allies giving them a supersonic warplane of world class quality at a reasonable cost. 1,232 Freedom Fighters were built including F-5 B trainers, RF-5 A reconnaissance planes, Canadian and Spanish versions. Production ended in 1972. The Freedom Fighter flew with Botswana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Republic of China, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, Austria, Canada, Ethiopia, Greece, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Vietnam, United States and Vietnam. The Freedom fighter, continuously upgraded, still flies today. The Freedom Fighter is armed with two 20 mm Pontiac M39A2 Revolver cannons, two AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs and 5 hard points for up to 6,200 pounds of AAMs, Bullpup AGMs, bombs, drop tanks and up to 20 unguided rockets. This model shows a F-5 Freedom Fighter of the Dutch Air Force 315th squadron based at Eindhoven in 1972. Also see the F-5 E Tiger II and the T-38 Talon and the F-5 group.