กองทัพอากาศไทยKongtap Agard Thai - Royal Thai Air Force

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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.

                                                                              

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

                                                                              
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                                                                                      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
(with 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.
                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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

                                                                                              
                                                                                                  Air-to-air view of three Northropa F-5Es of the 701st Squandron, of note new camouflage,
                                                                                                  each aircraft slightly different.

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: Royal Thai AF
                         Northrop F-5TH 21124/91687 in colours marking 100 years of aviation in Thailand in January 2013 in company with 211-32 armed with Python 4 missiles
                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                 

                                                                              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.

                                                                              
.           Photo Royal Thai AF
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: Arrow
                                                                           Former USAF, Modified/updated Northrop F-5ST with new camouflage, armed with air-to-air missiles Iris-T