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                                        Last update 11-04-2013

Colours
Northrop F-5 obtained during their long operational life several colours:

Freedom Fighters
were delivered in metal colours, except to the one formerly destined to South Vietnam, but received a local developed  camouflage at a later stage.
Longer operating aircrafts double-seaters obtained the same camouflage (at least till 1996), followed by one similar to the Tigers, two shades light grey camouflage, and, at a later date, a two shades blue camouflage.

   Photo: unknown
Northrop F-5A 1314/69129
at Don Muang AFB, urgently diverted to Thailand before delivery to
the Vietnam Republic AF; note
unusual camouflage, different from the Thai one.

                   Photo: unknown
                Northrop F-5B 23101/384038 landing in a two shades light grey camouflage.

An eye catching inscription on the tail and a tiger below the cockpit were painted in 1996
on the first ever built Northrop F-5B (serial 38438) for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of its in service entrance (in USAF). The tail inscription was updated each following year; by the time of its decommissioning ceremony on 18-12-07 at Don Muang AFB it had reached 44 years! The aircraft can now be admired at the same base museum.

   
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Tiger Each of the two batches aircrafts' had a different camouflage; the first one had three different shades of blue, while the second had a two shades air superioty grey.

Airframes of the first batch were painted in a three-tone camouflage:

   Photo: Michael Grove
            Northrop F-5E 91668 at McClellan AFB on 28-04-78

Special colours
Remembrance of several anniversaries prompted the Air Force to decorate the tail of some Tigers:

To mark the 30th anniversary of 21 Wing at Ubon Ratchathani F-5F 21105/91692 was painted in special markings
seen for the first time on 11-10-05 at Don Muang AFB. This was the first Tiger with special colours.




Photo:
thaiflight.com

Northrop F-5T 21124/91687 in  colours to mark 100 years of aviation in Thailand at Don Muang AFB on 12-01-13

  

Old and new: inflight view of Northrop F-5E 70143/61672 with a tail inscription "100 - centennial of the RTAF
Founding Fathers' Aviation" accompanied by Saab J-39 Gripen 70106.
                               Photo: R. Thai AF

                
            
Tails of one double-seater
(21106/91708) and one single-seater (21119/91682) were adorned beginning 2011 with a
"30 years shark nose (1981-2011)" painting, respectively in colours
and in grey/white to remember delivery of the
second batch, shark-nose equipped Tigers.