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Northrop RF-5 Tigereye (76-1564) - Taken on the ramp at NAS Fallon.
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Northrop RF-5 Tigereye (76-1564)


Taken on the ramp at NAS Fallon.


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Alan Brown
Great photo, thank you! Interesting looking paint scheme. Wonder what it looks like from the side?
Bobby Allison
Pretty sure that's not an RF-5. That's an F-5E.
Bobby Allison
Ok, disregard my last comment. It appears to be a site problem on the aircraft type. Great photo, as well!
Lonnie PerkinsPhoto Uploader
Uploading another shot of this jet. It is 761564 from VFC-13. It's not a 90 degree side view,but it's the closest I got on this trip to Fallon NAS. Comes up as an F-5 Tiger II. I believe that most of these F-5's at Fallon NAS were purchased from the Swiss. There is also a two seater, but it didn't fly.
Leon Kay
Thanks for a very good photo and informing us where it was taken.
Dave Yoder
Having flown over 1000 hrs in the F-5B,E & F models & associated with the recce version, I can tell all that the pix is an E model not recce version. RF-5E version retained only the left gun and had a flatter, fatter & extended nose cone in order to house the photo gear, the forward portion of which is oblique & with a somewhat blunt front end for taking pix.
Dave Yoder
By the way, if you ever get the chance to fly an F5E/F, the aerodynamics will water your eyes, leading edge flaps are great in flight as is the 13" nose hike for +3 deg AOA on TO.
Lonnie PerkinsPhoto Uploader
Thanks for the info Dave. For some reason FlightAware has designated both of the pictures I've uploaded as RF-5's. I was caught off guard as they ran up their engines for takeoff and the nose started rising. I had never seen that before. The F-5's here at Fallon NAS look like they are in great shape for their age.
Robert Wolff
Why wasn't the F-5 used in Vietnam as a dedicated dog fighter. The original F-4 Phantom didn't even have a gun.
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