General Product Description
Our PlaneArts Northrop F-5E Tiger II Swiss Air Force exhibits unique, unrivaled quality and detailed design to come as close as possible to the accuracy of the actual plane. It comes as standard with a robust, durable base or stand which is available in a variety of different finishes designed to match your own personal requirements including solid wood, wood with polished metal supports or adjustable wood wall mount and will be ready within about 8-10 weeks from placement of order.
The Northrop F-5E Tiger II Swiss Air Force is made of the finest kiln dried renewable mahogany wood (commonly known as Lauan or Meranti) which has undergone many stages of carving and meticulous and careful sanding giving the beautiful finished museum quality masterpiece. Many collectors and model connoisseurs demonstrate their preference for genuine handmade and hand painted mahogany wood models rather than plastic or die cast (diecast) alternatives due to the overall look and totally different feel of the item - we trust you will find the same. We can however, if required produce the same model in Solid Cast Resin so just click and contact us for further information. Our craftsmen and gifted artisans ensure that our finely handcrafted model airplanes match the precise blueprint details of the original aircraft. The paint scheme, markings and parts are closely matched, reflecting the original aircraft. This stylish top-quality desktop replica model will surely enthrall anyone who receives this as a gift and for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for any aviation enthusiast and avid jet aircraft collector whilst also displaying a perfect resemblance to the actual aircraft.
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Northrop F-5E Tiger II Swiss Air Force Details
In 1970 Northrop won a competition for an improved International Fighter Aircraft (IFA) to replace the F-5A. The resultant aircraft, initially known as F-5A-21, subsequently became the F-5E. It was lengthened and enlarged, with increased wing area and more sophisticated avionics, initially with an Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar (the F-5A/B had no radar). A two-seat combat-capable trainer, the F-5F had a single M39 cannon in the nose, albeit with a reduced ammunition capacity (the F-5E was equipped with two M39 cannons, one on either side of the nose).
The F-5F was armed with Emerson AN/APQ-157 radar, which is a derivative of the AN/APQ-153 radar, with dual control and display systems to accommodate the two-men crew, and the radar has the same range of AN/APQ-153, around 10 nm. The Swiss F-5F is primarily used for conversion training, control flights and as ECM trainer.
The latest radar upgrade included the Emerson AN/APG-69, which was the successor of AN/APQ-159, incorporating mapping capability, however, most nations chose not to upgrade due to financial reasons, and the radar only saw very limited service in USAF aggressor squadrons and Swiss air force.
At the end of the seventies, the retirement of the Venom and the increased use of the Hunter aircraft for air-to-ground attack caused a gap in the field of air-defence which was to be closed with the +Northrop F-5E Tiger II+.. In 1976 a procurement contract for 72 Tiger fighter aircraft , 66 of the type F-5E (single seater) and 6 of the type F-5F (double seater) was signed. The parts and assemblies were manufactured in the USA, but the +Swiss Federal Aircraft Factory+., Emmen, carried out the final assembly.
The Tiger were especially well suited for the +Swiss+.quot;+Militia system+. quot; and therefore in 1981 it was decided to reinforce the fleet with 38 additional aircraft, of which 6 double seater of the type +F-5F+..
As the +Swiss Tigers+. have little hours on the airframe, the United States Navy signed a deal wich comprised of the sale of 38 Tigers -to act as Agressors-to be delivered between 2004 and 2007. In 2005 the Swiss Air Force leased 12 Tigers to the Austrian Air Force as a gap filler awaiting the EF2000 deliveries destined for Austria after replacement of the Drakens. All these are returned to Switzerland in 2008.
Under thequot;future Tiger quot; project, the Swiss Air Force is seeking a replacement for the +F-5s+. in the next decade. Contenders are the JAS39 Gripen, EF2000 Eurofighter and the French Rafale.