Northrop F-5E Tiger II

The Northrop F-5E Tiger II

Hello everyone and welcome to this topic !
As I‘ve seen there is no topic for this awesome plane I thought of creating one :)
Let‘s get started !


After winning the International Fighter Aircraft Competition, a program aimed at providing effective low-cost fighters to American allies, in 1970, Northrop introduced the second-generation F-5E Tiger II in 1972. This upgrade included more powerful engines, larger fuel capacity, greater wing area and improved leading edge extensions for better turn rates, optional air-to-air refueling, and improved avionics including air-to-air radar. Primarily used by American allies, it remains in US service to support training exercises. It has served in a wide array of roles, being able to perform both air and ground attack duties; the type was used extensively in the Vietnam War. A total of 1,400 Tiger IIs were built before production ended in 1987. More than 3,800 F-5s and the closely related T-38 advanced trainer aircraft were produced in Hawthorne, California. Additionally, this aircraft is used by many countries in the world.

This plane is also used for airshows, not only for military operations.
Here you can see the beautiful Patrouille Suisse livery :)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1

  • Length: 48 ft 2.25 in (14.6876 m)

  • Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m) 27 ft 11.875 in (8.53 m) with wing-tip missiles

  • Height: 13 ft 4.5 in (4.077 m)

  • Wing area: 186 sq ft (17.3 m2)

  • Aspect ratio: 3.86

  • Airfoil: NACA 65A004.8

  • Empty weight: 9,583 lb (4,347 kg)

  • Gross weight: 15,745 lb (7,142 kg) clean

  • Max takeoff weight: 24,675 lb (11,192 kg)

  • Fuel capacity:

  • Internal fuel: 677 US gal (564 imp gal; 2,560 l)

  • External fuel: up to 3x 275 US gal (229 imp gal; 1,040 l) drop-tanks

  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 10.0

  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: CD0.0200

  • Frontal area: 3.4 sq ft (0.32 m2)

  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-21 afterburning turbojet engines, 3,500 lbf (16 kN) thrust each dry, 5,000 lbf (22 kN) with afterburner


  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.63 (1,740 km/h; 1,080 mph) at 36,000 ft (11,000 m)

  • Maximum cruise speed: Mach 0.98 (1,050 km/h; 650 mph) at 36,000 ft (11,000 m)

  • Economical cruise speed: Mach 0.8 (850 km/h; 530 mph) at 36,000 ft (11,000 m)

  • Stall speed: 124 kn (143 mph, 230 km/h) 50% internal fuel, flaps and wheels extended

  • Never exceed speed: 710 kn (820 mph, 1,310 km/h) IAS

  • Range: 481 nmi (554 mi, 891 km) clean

  • Combat radius (20 min reserve): 120 nmi (140 mi; 220 km) with 2x Sidewinders + 5,200 lb (2,400 kg) ordnance, with 5 minutes combat at max power at sea level

  • Ferry range: 2,010 nmi (2,310 mi, 3,720 km)

  • Ferry range (20 min reserve): 1,385 nmi (1,594 mi; 2,565 km) drop tanks retained

  • Ferry range (20 min reserve): 1,590 nmi (1,830 mi; 2,940 km) drop tanks jettisoned

  • Service ceiling: 51,800 ft (15,800 m)

  • Service ceiling one engine out: 41,000 ft (12,000 m)

  • Rate of climb: 34,500 ft/min (175 m/s)

  • Lift-to-drag: 10:1

  • Wing loading: 133 lb/sq ft (650 kg/m2) maximum

  • Thrust/weight: 0.4 take-off thrust at maximum take-off weight

  • Take-off run: 2,000 ft (610 m) with two Sidewinders at 15,745 lb (7,142 kg)

  • Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m): 2,900 ft (884 m) with two Sidewinders at 15,745 lb (7,142 kg)

  • Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 3,701 ft (1,128 m) without brake-chute

  • Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 2,500 ft (762 m) with brake-chute


Bahrain Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
Chile Air Force
Honduran Air Force
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Indonesian Air Force
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Kenya Air Force
Republic of Korea Air Force
Royal Moroccan Air Force
Mexican Air Force
Malaysian Air Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
Republic of Vietnam Air Force
Sudanese Air Force
Swiss Air Force
Patrouille Suisse
Republic of China Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force
Tunisian Air Force
Yemen Air Force
US Marine Corps
US Navy

That are a lot of liveries :) but it‘s good for IF

My opinion

It‘s one of my favorite fighter jet aircraft and I would definitely want to fly it in IF. You would have so much opportunities with all these liveries and I like the look of the F-5. This long fuselage and this short wings ! Perfect ✈️

Do you like it ?

  • Yess, looks good
  • Meh
  • No, ugly

0 voters

I would appreciate your vote and your opinion about this plane :)

Thanks for visiting !

Nice request, very thought out!

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Guess this has come after it was guessed on Guess the Aircraft 😂

On a serious note though, I think that it is a lovely aircraft, I love the nose.

And of course the thread is just 😍

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Hey, dude!

That is such a nice request. It has liveries, and is very complete with convincing arguments.
I hope all feature requests were like this.

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Thanks ! @KennedyTurner @rebal15 @Simon_Botero


But… you earned it! :)


Oh well I thought there would be some more guys who like it …


This would be an excellent compliment to our F-14, considering this was an aggressor aircraft for TOPGUN (the actual school) and of course the unforgettable MiG-28 in the film 😉

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If I clear a vote, this will probably be one I vote for! I’d love to feel the freedom of lying around in this beauty. Pure gold👌🏻

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Come on ! It can’t be that I’m the only one who loves this aircraft …