F-5N Freedom Fighter

F-5N Freedom Fighter

F-5 Tiger II


United States Navy/United States Marine Corps -- Training and adversary combat tactics. The aircraft serves in an aggressor-training role with simulation capability of current threat aircraft in fighter combat mode.


The F-5N Tiger II is a single seat, twin-engine, tactical fighter and attack aircraft that provides simulated air-to-air combat training. The F-5F is a dual-seat version, twin-engine tactical fighter commonly used for training and adversary combat tactics. The F-5 aircraft serve in an aggressor-training role with simulation capabilities of current threat aircraft in fighter-combat mode.


Primary Function: Adversary fighter
Date Deployed: F-5N: 2003; F-5F: 1974
Propulsion: (2) J85-GE-21C afterburning turbojet engines each producing 5,000 pounds (2,273 kg) of thrust
Length: F-5N: 47 feet 4.7 inches (14.4 meters); F-5F: 51 feet 7 inches (15.7 meters)
Wingspan: 26 feet 8 inches (8.1 meters)
Height: F-5N: 13 feet 4.25 inches (4.1 meters); F-5F: 13 feet 1.75 inches (4.0 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 24,722 pounds (11,214 kg)
Airspeed: F-5N: Mach 1.64 at 36,000 feet; F-5F: Mach 1.56 at 36,000 feet
Ceiling: 50,000+ feet (15,420 +meters)
Range: Max. 2,314 miles (4,286 kilometers)
Crew: F-5N: One; F-5F: Two
Prime Contractors:  Northrop Grumman & General Electric

Program Status

Production Phase: Operational
Inventory: F-5N – Navy: 30, Marine Corps: 11; F-5F – Navy: 2, Marine Corps: 1
Initial Operational Capability Date: F-5N 2003; F-5F 1974