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1 hour ago, dutik said:

Where are the counterweights located?

 

Meanwhile an old warrior resting in peace:

 

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Former South Vietnamese AF,  then VAF, now at Praha-Kbely.

 

Regards

- dutik

 

Hi,

     The counterweight is for the F-5F only , and is located at the very rear of the aircraft's underside just in front of the exhaust cans, in the groove between the engines. It is used to counter-balance the weight of the radar in those longer nose of the F. See the pic of the Swiss F in the link directly above this post. I have been told that the three original Topgun F's BuNo's 160964, 160965, & 160966 did not have the counter-balance weight due to the fact that they had their radar's removed, and the weight was not needed. HTH, Fred K.

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On 7/11/2019 at 7:33 AM, Tony T said:

Anyone got an update on Gary's inlets and Two Bobs' Alconbury Grape sheet ? 

 

 

It seems to me that there is already a set of intake ducts out there.

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21 minutes ago, f5guy said:

 

Hi,

     The counterweight is for the F-5F only , and is located at the very rear of the aircraft's underside just in front of the exhaust cans, in the groove between the engines. It is used to counter-balance the weight of the radar in those longer nose of the F. See the pic of the Swiss F in the link directly above this post. I have been told that the three original Topgun F's BuNo's 160964, 160965, & 160966 did not have the counter-balance weight due to the fact that they had their radar's removed, and the weight was not needed. HTH, Fred K.

 

Actually, it’s on the RF-5E Tigereye too.

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7 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

 

Actually, it’s on the RF-5E Tigereye too.

 

You're correct..... I forgot about the RF... :doh: Fred.

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58 minutes ago, LSP_K2 said:

 

It seems to me that there is already a set of intake ducts out there.

 

Vraiment? Monsieur Gary? 

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1 hour ago, f5guy said:

 

You're correct..... I forgot about the RF... :doh: Fred.

 

How could you, my favourite version :wub:

 

You can get the counterweight direct from Harold. 

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11 hours ago, f5guy said:

I have been told that the three original Topgun F's BuNo's 160964, 160965, & 160966 did not have the counter-balance weight due to the fact that they had their radar's removed, and the weight was not needed. HTH, Fred K.

Hi Fred,

 

The story goes that all adversary (US NAVY - NFWS, VF-43, VF-45) F-5s had the radar removed during the first years of operations. 

 

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2 hours ago, Scale_artisan said:

Hi Fred,

 

The story goes that all adversary (US NAVY - NFWS, VF-43, VF-45) F-5s had the radar removed during the first years of operations. 

 

 

That's what I understood, at least for the original Navy F-5E/Fs. Of course once the ex-USAF jets showed up, they did have radars.

 

I just checked through my photo archive and came across a pic of F-5F 160966 landing, and it does not have the counterweight, so it would seem that what I had read about those three original Topgun F's not having the counterweight is indeed correct. HTH, Fred K.

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2 hours ago, Scale_artisan said:

@Fred(f5guy) => Do you remember/know if there is a book cataloguing the SNs from the Navy F-5s and the ex-USAF ones?

 

 

Navy Serial Number Search Results


Description Criteria: F-5E
Data last updated: Tue Mar 15 09:36:28 2016

159878 ... 159882
Northrop F-5E Tiger II
159878 ex USAAF 73-0893
159879 ex USAAF 73-0894
159880 ex USAAF 73-0895.  SOC Mar 7, 2012
159881 ex USAAF 74-1480
159882 ex USAAF 74-1481.   Crashed on Yuma Ranges, AZ during ACT sortie Sep 21, 1984.
160792 ... 160796
Northrop F-5E Tiger II
From USAF.
160792 ex USAF 73-0858.  SOC Jun 7, 2007
160793 ex USAF 73-0868
160794 ex USAF 73-0872 (MSN R1053).  (VFC-13) crashed near NAS Fallon Apr 18, 2003.  Pilot killed.
160795 ex USAF 73-0883.  
160796 ex USAF 73-0900.  SOC Jan 5, 2006.  Seen at Air Power Park, NAS Fallon, NV Oct 2007.
162307 ... 162307
Northrop F-5E Tiger II
(MSN R.1191) ex USAF 74-1533.  SOC Jun 7, 2007.  In 2009 was at Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Glenville, NY

Description Criteria: F-5F
Data last updated: Tue Mar 15 09:36:28 2016

160964 ... 160966
Northrop F-5F Tiger II
from USAF
160964 ex USAF 75-0753
160965 ex USAF 75-0754.  With VFC-13, crashed near Middlegate, NV
Jun 13, 2008 after collision with F/A-18C 164657.  Both crew
ejected safely.
160966 ex USAF 75-0756
164657 ... 164658
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Block 36 Hornet (Lot 14)
164657 with VFA-87 in midair collision at night with 164232 at Smith
Creek Valley, 55 mi E of NAS Fallon, NV.  Landed safely.
(VFA-15) crashed near Middlegate, NV Jun 13, 2008 following
collision with F-5F 160965.  Pilot killed.

 

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