F-5 / F-20 / T-38 Special Edition CD

Price: $29.95

  • CD contains 10 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
  • Allow 1 week for US delivery

May 1982

  • Top Gun school of Dogfighting
  • Italy’s Cant Bombers

May 1983

  • Last of the P-40 Line
  • Four Decades of Jet Trainers, from T-33 to T-46
  • Red Bomber Mainstays 1935 to 1945

January 1985

  • McDonnell F-85 “Goblin” – Fighter on a Trapeze
  • F-14 to F-20, Handicapping the Best of the West
  • Today’s Combat Fighters, Rules of the Dogfight

November 1985

  • Flying an Aerial Refueling Mission with CF-5As
  • Mystery of the Northrop 3A and Vought 143
  • British Nimrod from Comet Airliner to Airborne Early Warning Snooper

January 1989

  • Top Gun at Twenty
  • The Real Stuff for the Right Stuff
  • Flying the operational B-1B

August 1989

  • Can the V-22 Osprey be Rescued from Oblivion?
  • Northrop Light Brigade – T-38, F-5, and F-20

December 1989

  • The Great F-20 Scandal
  • Training the Assault Glider Pilots of WWII

October 1999

  • Northrop’s Skoshi F-5 Tiger
  • The Desert Air War

June 2004

  • US Air Force Test Pilot School – We fly with the Air Force’s best
  • Jet Engines – The inside story
  • Bristol Beaufighter – Was it Britain’s best attacker? Never before seen photos!

June 2006

  • Industry in a tailspin – What happened to U.S. Aerospace?
  • F-20 Tigershark
  • Alouette II – World’s first jet helicopter

Bonus Features

  • CF-5A Operating Instructions 1969
  • F-5E Flight Manual 1978
  • F-5EF Non-Nuclear Weapons Delivery 1980
  • F-20A Utility Flight Manual 1984
  • NF-5B Operating Instructions 1974
  • T-38 Flight Manual 2003
  • T-38A Flight Operating Difference 1974
  • T-38AB Flight Manual 1978
  • T-38C Optimal Landing Technique 2010
  • Nearly 300 Photos

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 47 ft 4¾ in (14.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 4½ in (4.08 m)
  • Wing area: 186 ft² (17.28 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A004.8 root, NACA 64A004.8 tip
  • Empty weight: 9,558 lb (4,349 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,745 lb (7,157 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 24,722 lb (11,214 kg)
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0200
  • Drag area: 3.4 ft² (0.32 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.82
  • Internal fuel: 677 U.S. gal (2,563 L)
  • External fuel: 275 U.S. gal (1,040 L) per tank in up to 3 tanks
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 3,500 lbf (15.5 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 917 kn (Mach 1.6, 1,060 mph, 1,700 km/h) ; at altitude
  • Range: 760 nmi (870 mi, 1,405 km)
  • Ferry range: 2,010 nmi (2,310 mi, 3,700 km)
  • Service ceiling: 51,800 ft (15,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 34,400 ft/min (175 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 10.0

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose, 280 rounds/gun
  • Hardpoints: 7 total (only pylon stations 3, 4 and 5 are wet-plumbed): 2× wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4× under-wing & 1× under-fuselage pylon stations with a capacity of 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets:
      • 2× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively); or
      • 2× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets); or
      • 2× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets); or
      • 2× Matra rocket pods (each with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets)
    • Missiles:
      • 4× AIM-9 Sidewinders or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile
      • 2× AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
      • AA-8 Aphid, AA-10 Alamo, AA-11 Archer and other Russian/Chinese AAMs (Iranian ver.)
    • Bombs: A variety of air-to-ground ordnance such as the Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs), CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions, napalm bomb canisters and M129 Leaflet bomb, and laser-guided bombs of Paveway family.
    • Other:
      • up to 3× 150/275 U.S. gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.
      • 2× GPU-5/A 30mm cannon pods (fitted only on Thai F-5s)

Avionics

  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early batch of F-5E
  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E
  • AN/AVQ-27 Laser Target Designator Set (LTDS), for F-5B and F-5F only.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Length: 47 ft 4 in (14.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 11.9 in / 8.53 m; with wingtip missiles (26 ft 8 in/ 8.13 m; without wingtip missiles)
  • Height: 13 ft 10 in (4.20 m)
  • Wing area: 200 ft² (18.6 m²)
  • Empty weight: 13,150 lb (5,964 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,480 lb (7,021 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 27,500 lb (12,474 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404-GE-100 turbofan, 17,000 lbf (76 kN)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2, 1320 mph, 2,124 kmh
  • Combat radius: 300 nmi (345 mi, 556 km) ; for hi-lo-hi mission with 2 × 330 US gal (1,250 L) drop tanks
  • Ferry range: 1,490 nmi (1715 mi, 2759 km) ; with 3 × 330 US gal (1,250 L) drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 55,000 ft (16,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 52,800 ft/min (255 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 81.0 lb/ft² (395 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.1

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.79 in) Pontiac M39A2 cannons in the nose, 280 rounds each
  • Hardpoints: 5 external hardpoints with a capacity of 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of bombs, missiles, rockets and up to 3 drop tanks for extended range
  • Rockets: 2 × CRV7 rocket pods Or
    2 × LAU-10 rocket pods with 4 × Zuni 5 in (127 mm) rockets each Or
    2 × Matra rocket pods with 18 × SNEB 68 mm rockets each
  • Missiles: 2 × AIM-9 Sidewinders on wingtip launch rails (similar to F-16 and F/A-18)
    Up to 4 x AIM-7 Sparrows on underwing launch rails
    AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles on hardpoints
  • Bombs: Various air-to-ground ordnance such as Mark 80 series of unguided iron bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs), CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions, M129 Leaflet bomb

Avionics

  • General Electric AN/APG-67

General characteristics

  • Crew: two: student and instructor
  • Length: 46 ft 4.5 in (14.14 m)
  • Wingspan: 25 ft 3 in (7.7 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 10.5 in (3.92 m)
  • Wing area: 170 ft² (15.79 m²)
  • Empty weight: 7,200 lb (3,270 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 11,820 lb (5,360 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,093 lb (5,485 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-5A (J85-5R after PMP modification) afterburning turbojets
    • Dry thrust: 2,050 lb (9.1 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 2,900 lbf (17.1 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.3 (858 mph, 1,381 km/h)
  • Range: 1,140 mi (1,835 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
  • Rate of climb: 33,600 ft/min (170.7 m/s) ()
  • Wing loading: 69.53 lb/ft² (339.4 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.65