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Discussion in 'Internet Finds' started by Huey, Jul 12, 2004.
check this website: http://www.saturn.dti.ne.jp/~eastern/pcraft/index.html
The F-20 is a "cheap" export version based on the F-5 design. I believe the F-20 is commonly referred to as the "Freedom fighter," since it was intended as an inexpensive self-defense force for emerging countries with small military budgets.
The F-20 was the Tigershark. The original F-5 was a Freedom Fighter.
Ray, just goes to show that it ain't what you know that gets you in trouble, but what you know that ain't so that does.
...it has a single engine. All the other T38 and F5 variants had two.
One of my favorites "A wise man knows that he knows not, it is a
fool who knows not that he knows not" or something to that effect
The F20 was an improvement over the F5 while keeping the same concept. The fact it had a single engine is just that in 1982 the GE J404 provides 17000 pounds reliably and 'cheaply' while in 1952 the GE J85 was rated for 5000 pounds only. With that burner the F20 was bisonic while the F5 was rated at mach 1.4. With very improved avionics and aerodynamics the F20 was a very nice and capable aircraft but Northrop was a too small player in fighters at that time. Big fishes eat small ones....
That's all folks
Another wise [or wise-ass] comment:
"it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt!"
F-20 Tigershark errata
Looks like everybody's right.
The F-5A/B was indeed the Freedom Fighter. It evolved intothe F-5E/F Tiger and finally the F-20 Tigershark. That airplane was originally designated the F-5G and later changed to the F-20 to underscore it was a total redesign (while keeping the basic original configuration) and not just a modified F-5.
The airplane was essentially the end of the F-5 evolution and was competitor to the F-16 in some respects. Northrop brochures of the era stated the Tigershark could actually outperform the Viper is some mision profiles.
The US did not back the airplane and most international customers wanted the F-16. The latter had much more potentiual for growth. Northrop built three examples I think. They made a big push to sell it to the Air National Guard, but they were getting early block F-16s soon.
It must have been a blast to fly!