Northrop F-5F Tiger II – “MiG-28UB”, VFC-13 Saints, USNFWS TOPGUN, NAS Fallon, NV, Top Gun Movie Shoot 1986


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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3339: Northrop F-5F Tiger II “MiG-28UB” of  VFC-13 Saints, US Navy Fighter Weapons School (FWS) TOPGUN, NAS Fallon, NV, Top Gun Movie Shoot 1985/6. Production run of only 500 models. Sold out at launch and really hard to find.

Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 4.5 inches

Since Soviet/Russian aircraft are assigned odd number designators (MiG-15, MiG-17, Mig-19) the MiG-28 is purely a fictional designator for F-5 aircraft used in the movie “Top Gun”. The Soviet aircraft in the movie were 3 F-5Es and 1 F-5F supplied by the VFC-13 Saints and VFA-127 “Desert Bogeys” and painted with a temporary semi-gloss black scheme with pilot names printed in Cyrillic. The aircraft had the shark nose radome and leading edge extension modifications. These MiG-28 aircraft were never clearly identified as belonging to a specific country although a certain country came to the viewers mind. Interestingly, although the paint scheme was entirely fictitious, the Saints continued to operate the aircraft in these colours for a period of time after the movie shoot was completed.

The F-5 was originally designed partly to meet a US Navy requirement for a extremely maneuverable, supersonic fighter with a high rate of reliability at a low operating cost, to operate from Escort Carriers. The F-5 first flew on July 30, 1959 and development continued even after the Navy withdrew its Escort Carriers. The aircraft eventually evolved into this light, supersonic “Freedom Fighter,” serving US allies during the Cold War and as a supersonic trainer in the US. The second-generation F-5 (“Tiger II”) also served US allies, but because it was small and maneuverable like a MiG it was also used by the US military as a training and “aggressor” aircraft, acting as the opposing force during military exercises. 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.

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