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                                       CIVILIAN OPERATORSfor TacAir see below

Data
written in blue are subject to confirmation.

                                        Last update 03-10-2019

Several civilian operators operate Northrop F-5A/RF-5A/F-5B/F-5E/F-5F and Canadair CF-5D for flying
experience and various tests in addition to a commercial air combat training company.

For information regarding Tactical Air Support aircrafts see details below

NORTHEOP F-5A

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F-5A-25      c/n N.7021   65-10573 ex Norway/USA
                          forward fuselage used for X-29A serial 82-0049
N38MX                       -05-01
T-38 front fuselage/F-5A rear only Fort Wayne Service Inc
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F-5A-35      c/n N.7068   67-14905 ex Norway
N91011  905  
P            05-05-87 reg, 11/12-07-87 Prestwick del with military serial 905
                            -07-87 TACair
                            -07-87 Combat Jet and Aerospace mus, Chino
                            -08-87 US Aviation mus, Tulsa,
-07-88, 14-04-97 Winnipeg


Northrop F-5A N901011/905 seen in July 1988  Photo: Archive The Northrop F-5 Enthusiast
 
N85JR                     01-10-89 ntu Flight Int Vance AFB
N3E          
P            04-03-97 reg Fightertown Miami, 23-07-98 Winnipeg,  13-08-06
N3J          P            15-11-07 reg Blue Falcon Corporation, 07-09-13 Westernair
             P            24-10-17
For sale 21-01-14
     

       
       Nothrop F-5A N3E at Miami- Opa Locka in January 2001
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F-5A-40      c/n N.6447   68-09076 ex Jordan, to The Philippines
N41875                    14-11-95 reg
Eidetics Int Ltd
                          15-08-97 can, to the Philippines as 689076
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F-5A-40      c/n N.6456   68-09085 ex Jordan
N4190Y                    14-11-95 reg Eidetics Int Ltd
N695TC                    11-03-00 reg Thornton Corp, 13-08-06 Thornton Corp
                          22-08-11 can, to Pacific Aviation Museum
For sale 01-01-12

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F-5A-50      c/n N.6496   70-01374 ex Jordan, to The Philippines
N4178Q                    14-11-95 reg
Eidetics Int Ltd
                          15-08-97 can, to the Philippines as 701374
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NORTHEOP RF-5A

RF-5A-40   c/n RFG.1009   68-09108 ex Norway

N75FT                       -08-88 reg Flight International Jacksonville

N685TC    P               16-01-90 reg Thornton Corp Van Nuys CA, 08-11-93 Mojave, 13-08-06

                            -07-09 Van Nuys



                                                Photo: Thornton Aviation Company

The aircraft was modified to F-5A standard (when?), used for cinematographic

and testing duties.


        
Photo: Keith Charlot

        It is seen here on 09-07-09 at Van Nuys testing an ACMI pod.

N685TC FA-685   P         N685TC LLC 31-08-16 CoA issued, valid till 31-08-19

The aircraft obtained USAF colours and the code FA-685 in addition to the civilian immatriculation.

Seen at 09-09-17 Northern Illinois Air Show, based at Rockford, Illinois. Total time 3'650 hours.

Also seen on 24-07-18 at Oshkosh Air Show, 06-09-18 London(Ontario).

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F-5B-15    c/n N.6004     63-08367
                          modified ex F-5A 65-13071
N421NA                    be-02-00
No more registered 31-12-11

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F-5B-20    c/n N.9006     66-09242 ex Norway

N7070Z                      -08-93 reg Microsort Co/Thornton Co Van Nuys CA

N586PC  P                 03-09-93 reg F-5 Corp, 04-08-11 Seattle-Boeing Field

        P                 08-05-13 Everett-Paine Field, 04-08-13 Paine Field, 12-02-18 Boeing Field

Active P: 04-08-11 Seattle-Boeing Field, 07-09-13 Everett-Paine Field12-02-18 Boeing Field

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F-5B-20    c/n N.9007     66-09243 ex Norway
                          01-10-14 (
01-10-15) sold to Northern General Leasing (Ross Perrot jr)
Bought together with c/n N.900X for each NoK 120'00.

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F-5B-20    c/n N.9008     66-09244 ex Norway
                          
26-08-14 (01-10-15) sold to Northern General Leasing (Ross Perrot jr)
Bought together with c/n N.900X for each NoK 120'00.

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F-5B-15    c/n N.8064     68-09086 ex Jordan
N7169P                    26-07-90 Bologna-Gatwick del, 10-09-90 Cinema Air Reg
N5SF                        -10-90 Cineva Air reg
N675TC                    28-09-00 reg
                          ca-05-01 Thornton Aircraft Company, 12-08-06 Thornton Aircraft Co
                          15-09-12 P-51 Investment reg

                          14-09-13 airworthiness certificate


     
Northrop F-5B N675TC in fictitious USAF colours
       Photo: Thornton Aviation Company
For exhibition Salem, Or: -09-13
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It has been reported that a total of 17 CF-5s have been sold to a private person in 2008.

Six additional Canadair CF-5D were registered to Global Aviation International from Jupiter(FL)
on 15/16/17 July 2013.


All stored aircrafts have left CFB Mountain View.

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CANADAIR CF-5A

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CF-5A      c/n 1068      116768  ex Canada
N768AV                   24-07-12 reg Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp
                         24-07-12 cancelled
                         19-03-16 certificate issued, valid till 31-03-19
Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp
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CANADAIR CF-5D

CF-5D      c/n 2005      116805  ex Canada
N805FF                   10-11-07 Freedom Fighter 2 Llc
                         25-01-08 certification issued, reg Lewis Aeronautical Llc
                         
12-02-10, 02-11-10 reg pending Lewis Fighter Fleet Llc, valid 31-12-19

Noted P: 21-01-12, 22-08-12 San Antonio, 05-11-17 Kelly Field

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CF-5D      c/n 2007      116807  ex Canada
N807LG                   06-01-12 reserved, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         02-05-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

                         21-05-12 I3 Aircraft Holdings One Llc, valid 31-05-18

N807AV                   20-07-12 reg Aerovision Holding 1 Corp
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2012      116812  ex Canada
N812MX                   06-01-12 reserved, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         02-05-12
Tiger Aircraft Corp
                         21-05-12 I3 Aircraft Holdings One Llc, valid till 31-05-18

Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2018      116818  ex Canada
N837LG

Reported also as

CF-5D      c/n 2018      116818  ex Canada
N818LG                   06-01-12 reserved, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         02-05-12
Tiger Aircraft Corp
N818AV                   20-07-12 reg Aerovision Holdings I Corp, Newark

                         15-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL)

N818LG                   24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp, valid till 30-06-19
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12
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CF-5D      c/n 2023      116823  ex Canada
N823BD
                   25-07-11 cancelled
N331TF                   21-07-12 Northrop TF5-1 Corp
                         20-07-13 Global Aviation International reg

N823MA
                  reserved, cancelled
N331TF                   24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp
N9P

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CF-5D      c/n 2024      116824  ex Canada
N824LG                   30-01-12 reserved Logix Global Inc, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         02-05-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

N475RM                   
19-07-12 reserved
N824LG                   16-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL)
                         24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp
                         28-03-16 reg Fast Jets Llc, valid 30-06-19

Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2031      116831  ex Canada

N831LG                   29-12-11 reserved, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         24-04-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

N475SA                   20-07-12 Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp reserved
N831LG                   17-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL)
                         24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp

                         01-06-16 SSBM Llc
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2033      116833  ex Canada
N15FF                    22-10-07 Freedom One Llc, reg Dash One Llc, 30-03-11 CoA valid
        P                21-04-15 Sun 'Fun, 22-04-15 Lakeland 
N15FF                    for sale
For sale 31-10-13, 23-01-14 at St Augustine, Fl, 24-04-15 Lakeland, 18-04-19 St Augustine USD 1.8m
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CF-5D      c/n 2035      116835  ex Canada

N835AV                   24-07-12 reg Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp reserved
                         04-03-16 certificate issued, valid till 31-03-19
Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp

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CF-5D      c/n 2036      116836  ex Canada
N836LG                   30-01-12 reg Logix Global Inc, 23-03-12 New Castle
N836MX                   30-01-12 reserved
                         24-04-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

N475TA                   26-07-12 Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp reserved
N836LG                   16-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL)
N836MX                   24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp
                         06-01-16
SSBM Llc valid till 30-06-19
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2037      116837  ex Canada
N837LG
                  30-01-12 reg Logix Global Inc, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         24-04-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

N475QA                   20-07-12 Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp reserved, 15-03-15 can
N7R                      no details known

N837LG                   16-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL) N841AV
                         24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp
        
                 28-03-16 Aerovision Holdings 1 Corp CoA valid till 31-03-19
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n 2039      116839  ex Canada
N115DV                   23-01-08 reg Freedom 1 Llc/Dash One Llc, valid till 30-04-19
Noted : 24-04-15 Lakeland, 29-04-17 Lakeland
in Northrop F-5F/111 Squadron similar colours/code 55 P
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CF-5D      c/n 2040      116840  ex Canada
N840MQ  P                12-02-08 reg Mcq Llc
NX840MQ                  12-02-08 MCQ Llc, 31-01-20 valid certificate
Flown 3'086.6 hours by -04-11, for sale Courtesy aircraft sales -04-11
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CF-5D      c/n 2041      116841  ex Canada
N841LG                   30-01-12 reg Logix Global Inc, 23-03-12 New Castle
                         25-04-12 Tiger Aircraft Corp

N841AV
                   20-07-12 Aerovision Holding 1 Corp, 05-11-13 Fort Lauderdale
N824LG                   17-07-13 reg to Global Aviation Int, Jupiter (FL)
                         24-04-14 reg Tiger Aircraft Corp
N841LG                   28-03-16 issd, 31-03-19 valid certificate
Noted Wilmington/New Castle : -11-11, -05-12

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CF-5D      c/n                   ex Canada
no reg                   24-10-10 St. Augustine
New Canadian camouflage
P: 24-10-10 St. Augustine
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NF-5B      c/n 4003      K-4003  ex Netherlands
N3206Y                   04-11-91 Gilze Rijen to USA by sea, via Antwerp, in crate
                         27-01-92 reg US Aviation Museum Inc

N8910    P               20-09-05 US Aviation Museum Inc
                         Tactical Air Support

Last known CoA 16-06-94, rgistration valid 31-08-19

Noted:
02-04-06 Tulsa, 08-04-10 Tulsa, 01-012-13 Reno, 07-03-19 St Augustine (poss not airworthy)
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NORTHROP F-5E

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F-5E       c/n R.1057    to S Vietnam 73-00876
N9020H                   be-  -74 registration reserved, 18-11-78
                         to S Vietnam
                                              18-03-11 reg cancelled, possibly administrative date
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F-5E       c/n GG.1003
N300FG                   15-07-82 registration reserved, -01-02, 13-08-06
                         10-03-11
registration cancelled, possibly administrative date
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F-5E       c/n
N3682C                   27-10-84 Edwards
Registration later used by Kiger Lance B aircraft.
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F-5E       c/n R.1216    US Navy 741556, used by NASA, returned to US Navy
                         29-07-03 first flight
                         02-08-03 Dryden, 29-08-03
 Palmdale

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F-5E       c/n R.1177    ex US Marines 741519, modified to SSBDA for NASA

                         31-07-03 Tinker, 27-08-03 Palmdale
                              -04 removed from Marines active inventory

        P                23-07-04 Titusville pre, -06-06 Titusville on show, 16-01-16 Titusville


 Photo: NASA Jessie Rpberts
SSBD modified F-5E 741519 in company of F-15B NASA836 and US Navy F-5E 741536 on 25-08-03
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F-5E      
c/n L.1004    ex Switzerland/RUAG
N64FK     
       -17    Comanche Maverick
Certificated 09-01-18, expires 31-01-21

Former Swiss/Austrian AF, returned to RUAG, to civilian

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F-5E       c/n VE.1002   ex China
        P  14-06-12      Classic Acft USA Illilsboro mus arr, 16-01-13 mus
N551PJ     
24-10-16      Premier Jets Inc reg 24-10-16, expiry 31-10-19
Flying status uncertain

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NORTHEOP F-5F

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F-5F       c/n K.1007   ex China
       
 P  14-06-12      Classic Acft USA Illilsboro mus arr, 16-01-13 mus
N552PJ     
26-10-16      Classic Aircraft Museum reg
To be returned to flying status

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F-5F    P  002           01-07-98 Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Israel Aircrafts Industries
                         might be Moroccan AF

Northrop F-5F 002 - might be a fake or an upgraded Moroccan aircraft Photo: unknown
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F-5F       c/n IH.1008  ex 86-00388, to Singapore
N3139Y  P  Northrop     24-10-82 Edwards, -01-83 Edwards, -11-83
        
P               09-11-86 Edwards used as support for F-20 programm  -10-87 reg cancelled
                        04-12-87 Alconbury del to Singapore
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F-5F       c/n W.1001   NASA ex USAF 73-00889, to USAF
NASA735    NASA         21-08-89 reg
N550NA                       -90 Wallops, -06-91 Langley
                          -07-92 reg, -10-94 to USAF

       
Northrop F-5F N550NA used for pilots proficiency and high performance research flights
                                                                        
Photo: unknown
TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT (TacAir)
CoA = Certificate of Airworthiness
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     TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT Inc. (TacAir)

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Tac Air, US company based at Reno-Stead airport, provides air support as an Adversary platform
for the US Navy and Air Force.
Among several aircraft types (Embraer EMB-312 Tucano and SIAI-
Marchetti SF-260TP)
has operated one Northrop/Canadair NF-5B and four former Canadian CF-5D two seaters
(see above for registration details).
The company is competing for USAF/US Navy wontracts with Draken International and Textron Airborne Solutions


Tactical Air Defense Services announced in September 2010 that it had acquired 6 Canadian CF-5
plus 45
General Electric J-85-15 engines from the Canadian Minister of Public Works and Gove
rment Services; it offered
the aircrafts to governments at an hourly rate of USD 7'500, aiming
to operate each aircraft for a minimum of
200 hours a year
.
The Canadairs were also used for refresher training of four Botswana Air Force pilots beginning September 2013.
Four pilots and instructors received refresher training by TAC starting on 23-09-13 at Reno airport on
Canadair NF-5B,serial N8910, for a 5 weeks course. Each pilot received 26 hours of ground school and completed
nine training flights covering bombs and weapons delivery, tactical information, basic
fighter manoeuvering and fighter squadron management. The second course started end of February 2014.

In addition to the Freedom Fighter the company uses EMB-312 Tucano and SIAI SF-260.

In 2017 TacAir was allowed to operate Northrop F-5Es; it bought 16 single and 5 double-seaters (originally 17 and 4),
former Jordanian ones. The first four were air delivered beginning February 2017 to Grumman at
Saint Augustine
airport by an Atlas Air Boeing B.747F for maintenace and modifications by
Grumman. The remaining 17 are delivered via freighter ship. See below for serials. Colours
of the first four half will have black/white/splinter gray camouflage, the second half desert
brown colours.
By October 2017 deliveries were complete and approximately half was assembled and inspected by
Grumman; they will operate from TacAir's flight operations center in Reno, Nevada. Garmin Company
informed that their flight deck was swithed from analog to digital displays with the Garmin G3000, claiming
that the display can talk to the Northrop F-5s mission computer and display information from the radar.

Civilian registration on Northrop F-5E/F seems to correspond to: N = USA, followed by last Jordanian serial and TA
for TacAir. Exception to this is N55O(1)TA as no known Jordanian serial corresponds.


By July 2018 four had been reassembled/tested at St.Augustine (FL), plus several non airworthy ex Jordanian F-5E/F aircrafts.

The company renamed their own aircrafts as F-5 Advanced Tiger (F-5AT), modifications comprised a comprensive
systems upgrade including a new mission computer, a weapons replication software, Radar Warner Receiver (RWR),
Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) and several others
. Original designation TacAir codex was Northrop F-5EM Codex 01-05
plus eight code not known, Northrop F-5F Codex 21-4 plus one code not known, Northrop F-5ER codex 14
plus one code not known.

Officially anounced on 01-05-19 was the awarding of a potential contract of a 5 years, USD125.4 millions by the
US Navy Air Warfare Center Division for Forward Air Controllers and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers training.
Operation primarely taking place at NAS Fallon. US Marines Air Station and
Cherry Point, Air Ground Combat Center
Twenty-nine 
were noted at St. Augustine (FL) 07-03-19.
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CANADAIR CF-5D

CF-5D      c/n 2020      116820  ex Canada
N511BZ                   19-06-08 reg Aerovision Llc
                         
03-02-09 reg Freedom Fighter Co
                         18-09-13 Tactical Air Support CoA,
valid till 30-09-22
Code 31 P: 24-08-19 Victorville
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CF-5D      c/n 2021      116821  ex Canada
N512BZ                   19-06-08 reg Aerovision Llc
                         
03-02-09 reg Freedom Fighter Co
                         18-09-13 Tactical Air Support CoA,
valid till 30-09-22
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CF-5D      c/n 2045      116845  ex Canada
N845PS                   25-03-09 reg Corsair Enterprises Llc
        
P                18-09-13 Tactical Air Support CoA, 30-09-19 valid
Code 33 P: 24-08-19 Victorville
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CF-5D      c/n 2046      116846  ex Canada
N846PS                   28-03-09 reg Corsair Enterprises Llc
        
P                30-09-13 Tactical Air Support CoA, 30-09-19 valid
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NORTHROP F-5E

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F-5E       c/n R.1145   ex Jordan 930/74-00497, TacAir codex not known
N550TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1311   ex Jordan 75-00620TacAir codex 02
N617TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1321   ex Jordan 75-00624, TacAir codex 05
N618TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20, Codex 05
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F-5E       c/n R.1327   ex Jordan 75-00625TacAir codex not known
N619TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1373   ex Jordan 77-01774, TacAir codex 04
N646TA     TAC Air      reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1369   ex Jordan 77-01777TacAir codex not known
N647TA     TAC Air      reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20

                    Photo: Jessie Roberts
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F-5E       c/n R.1376   ex Jordan 78-00789 - TacAir codex 03
N648TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1381   ex Jordan 78-00794TacAir codex not known
N653TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1384   ex Jordan 78-00797TacAir codex not known
N656TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1226   ex Jordan 75-00492, TacAir codex 15
N696TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
                              -08-18 St Augustine
Splint camouflage
P: -08-18 St Augustine
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F-5E       c/n R.1110   ex Jordan 74-01459, TacAir codex 14
N697TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
     
14 P  TACAir             -06-18 Mesa-Gateway
Desert camouflage
P: -06-18 Mesa-Gateway
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F-5E       c/n R.1378   ex Jordan 78-00791, TacAir codex 01
N791T      TACAir       reserved
N791TA  P  TACAir 01    reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
CodeX 01 P                    -04-18
FAA certificate of Airworthiness received 25-04-18

First flown:  27-04-18 Jacksonville
Test flights
 P: 18-09-19 Reno/Steads, 20-09-19 Reno/Steads
Dissimilar Air Combat colours
P: -04-18 Tulsa

    Photo: Tactical Air Support
                First Northrop F-5AT, codex 01, flown in April 2018
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F-5E       c/n R.1383   ex Jordan 78-00796TacAir codex not known
N796TA  P  TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
        
                20-02-17 del to civil in USA
Desert camouflage, Jordan serial P20-02-17 in USA
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F-5E       c/n R.1225   ex Jordan 75-00491TacAir codex not known
N924TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1241   ex Jordan 75-00493TacAir codex not known
N926TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1268   ex Jordan 75-00498 - Tacair codex unknown
N931TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1376   ex Jordan 78-00789
N658TA     TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5E       c/n R.1226   ex Jordan 75-00492 - TacAir codex 15
N696TA    TACAir       reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
Code 15
 P              
Delivered to civil in USA P: 20-02-17 Mesa 
Desert camouflage
, Jordan serial P20-02-17 in USA
Grey, light/dark blue
Pca-07-18 St Augustine, 13-11-18 St Augustine
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NORTHROP F-5F

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F-5F       c/n 1036      ex Jordan 78-00803 - TacAir codex 22  P
N643TA     TACAir        28-02-19 airworthiness issued, 08-03-17 registered,31-08-20 expiry
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F-5F       c/n W.1044    ex Jordan 79-01919 - TacAir codex 25
N644TA     TACAir       
reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5F       c/n W.1008    ex Jordan 75-00735 - TacAir codex 24
N698TA     
TACAir        reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5F       c/n WH.1043   ex Jordan 79-01918 - TacAir codex 21
N699TA     
TACAir        reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20
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F-5F       c/n WH.1042   ex Jordan 79-01917 - TacAir codex 23
N917TA     TACAir        reg 08-03-17, expiry 31-08-20, codex 
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GENERAL ELECTRIC SIMULATOR SCHOOL

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General Electric opened a USD 12-million as Centre for Advanced Airmanship aimed specifically

to Northrop F-5 piots in February 1986, located in a complex near to Williams AFB, Reno, and

the 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron.

No customer had signed up at the moment of opening the structure but several Air Forces and

leading aeospace companies had shown their interest. Countries that have shown interest included

Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Mexico, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Kuwait and Tunisia.


Pilots simulator training was divided into three segments: initial training, proficincy training

and advanced weapons training. Activity was to be supervised by a chief-instructor having USAF

command level experience in F-5 training, wile instructors were to be high-time Northrop F-5 pilots.

Unfortunately no further details about its success are known.

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Information needed
Any additional information/correction.
Any earlier or later sighting.