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Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21

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Russia Operated Captured U.S. Aircraft for “OPFOR” Evaluation. As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) (theaviationist.com) Altro...

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TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 4
It is remarkable that Russia Today (the site that produced and hosts the video) is freely admitting that the F-5 was the better aircraft. In the not too distant past that would have been unthinkable, and even today that's not a given.
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
The reality is that the F5 variants were still in the hunt when GD and the F16 won the contract for the next light US fighter. It was always a good airplane but a little too light for the ground support role envisioned for the next generation aircraft. The F16 has proven to be a very capable winner of that era. Too bad we can't say the same for it's Lockheed cousin and the current era POS!

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