The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of widely used, light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the United States, beginning in the 1960s. Hundreds remained in service in air forces around the world, even into the early 21st Century, and the type has also been the basis for a number of other aircraft.
This particular variant was used by the Patrouille Suisse, an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force founded in 1964. The team currently flies six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter/bomber jets.
Picture of the Swiss Air Force F-5E Tigers of the Patrouille Suisse aerobatics team below:
Like all the planes in the Starmax range, the F-5E is finished in the factory to a high standard and represents an excellent replica of the real aircraft. Extra features like the realistic landing gear, and the clear cockpit complete with pilot add to the authenticity and realism present in this model.
However, not only does it look fantastic, but - as you'd expect from an aeroplane selected by an International aerobatic team - it is an amazing 3D aerobatic aircraft, and capable of over 90mph. This package of power and size, gives it a fantastic repertoire in experienced hands with a tremendous roll rate and an ability to climb vertically at incredible speed. The videos show you just how capable the F-5E is! If you're really good you will be able to perform the famous 'Cobra Manoeuvre' with this jet. It is launchable by hand or will take off from the ground with ease.
This Nitrotek jet comes with a 2.4G radio which means the range is longer and more stable plus you do not have to worry about interference from other fliers. It is also equipped with a powerful brushless motor, for the best performance. The plane is made from strong but lightweight foam that is more resistant to crashes and gives easier stable flight even in windy conditions. This aeroplane can take off from the ground or can be hand launched.
This plane is 90% assembled and so only a few minutes of final finishes are needed before you can fly. Also everything you need is in the box, apart from 8 AA batteries, which you'll need to power the radio contol transmitter.