Northrop F-5F Tiger II – VMFT-401 Snipers 25th Anniversary, USMC 2011
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3324: Northrop F-5F Tiger II 761586 of VMFT-401 “Snipers” US Marine Corps in 25th Anniversary livery, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, Aug 2011. Production of only 400 pieces.
Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 4.5 inches
Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401 “Snipers”) was activated in March 1986 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona and is the USMC’s only adversary (aggressor) squadron. The USN acquired low hour F-5E/F’s from Switzerland with the USMC obtaining three of these aircraft. They combined the tail and cockpit forward of their own F-5F with the wings and fuselage of the Swiss F-5E’s creating a “Franken- Tiger”. Aircraft 761586 was the first of three to be created. In 2011 762586 was given a paint scheme to mark the 25th Anniversary of VFMT-401.
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.