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F-5N Tiger II FC-111 "Sundowners," Naval Air Station Key West (1:72)
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F-5N VFC-111 "Sundowners," Naval Air Station Key West (1:72) by Hobby Master Diecast Airplanes
Item Number: HA3301
The Northrop F-5 tactical fighter was designed as an extremely maneuverable, supersonic fighter with a high rate of reliability at a low operating cost. The F-5 first flew on July 30, 1959 with the first customer delivery in 1964. The last of more than 2,600 F-5_s was produced in 1989 and about two-thirds of these are still in service with 26 countries more than 4 decades later. The F-5 was manufactured by Northrop Grumman and under license in Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland.
VFC-111 (Fighter Composite Squadron) was originally VFC-13 and was renamed in November 2006. VFC-111 assumed the name, insignia and callsign _Sundowners_ when VF-111 was disestablished as an F-14 squadron. The _Sundowners_ are a USN Reserve squadron based at Naval Air Station Key West Florida. It operates 12 of the 41 Northrop F-5N Tiger II aircraft in operation. Their role is that of an adversary to help train pilots in air combat tactics. The F-5N is supposed to see service through to 2015.
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter:later variants became the F-5 Tiger II
Engines:2x General Electric J85s, each producing 4,080 lbs. of thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed - 925 mph
Cruising speed - 575 mph
Range - 1,100 miles
Service ceiling - 50,700 ft.
Wing Span - 25 ft. 10 in.
Length - 47 ft. 2 in.
Height - 13 ft. 6 in.
Weight - 20,576 lbs. loaded
Armament:2 x 20mm cannons, rockets, missiles and 5,500 lbs. of bombs externally
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