กองทัพอากาศไทย - Kongtap Agard Thai - Royal Thai Air
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Last update 11-04-2013
Northrop F-5 obtained during their long operational life several colours:
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.
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.
23101/384038 landing in a two shades light grey
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
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.
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
Remembrance of several anniversaries prompted the Air Force to decorate the tail of some Tigers:
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.
Northrop F-5T 21124/91687 in colours marking 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.
A new livery was applied in 2018
on the tails of Northrop F-5Ts. Tails of two aircrafts were painted in
new colours to commemorate the 40th years of
Northrop F-5E/F's operation (since 1978). They are coded 21128 in colour and 2112 in black and white.
Photo Royal Thai AF