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. Established as VA-127 "Batmen" they were re-designated VFA-127 "Desert Bogeys" in March 1987 and moved to NAS Fallon, Nevada. Strike Fighter Squadron VA-127 was the only USN adversary squadron permanently stationed in Nevada and was responsible for training pilots in air-to-air combat. In its role as an aggressor aircraft the F-5F often served as a MIG 21 or MIG 23 in combat simulations. VFA-127 was disestablished on March 23, 1996. In October 1996 84-0456 was transferred to VFC-13 as AF 30 before transferring to VFC-111 "Sundowners" on February 27, 2007 as AF 30. On May 13, 2007 the aircraft was changed to AF 100 still with VFC-111.
F-5F Tiger II 1/72 Die Cast Model, BuNo 840456, VFA-127 Desert Bogeys, Fallon NAS, Nevada, by Hobby Master HA3353
Professionally painted, great attention to detail, all markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Crew figure, heavy metal, minimum plastic. Highly collectable.
True 1/72 scale, authentic detailing, fully assembled and ready to display.
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