Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Northrop F-5T Tiger II
853, 144th Squadron, RSAF, 2016
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.
With Britain withdrawing all its forces from Singapore and region by 1971 Singapore had to
develop its own air force. One unit that eventually formed was the 144th Squadron
"Blackite" on February 19, 1979. The Blackite is a mysterious bird that is unpredictable,
precise and deadly. The 144th was equipped with Northrop F-5E/F and later upgraded to
F-5S/T carrying Aim-120 AMRAAM. The 144th Squadron was disbanded in September
2015 so F-5T 853 was given an elaborate paint scheme to mark the occasion.
The F-5S is an upgraded version of the F-5E
The F-5T is an upgraded version of the F-5F
Specification for the Northrop F-5E/ F-5F Tiger II
Number Built � 1,400 + E/F
Role F-5F - Two-seat Combat Trainer Version Of The F-5E Tiger II
1/72 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings are pad applied for superb results.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear can be displayed up or down.
Extremely sought after by collectors