AFL 228.Northrop F-20 Tigershark

Publisher:

Ginter Books

ISBN Number:

9798985472660

Format:

Paperback

Pages:

145

Illustrations:

Detailed color photos, the book has many detailed factory drawings of the F-5 and F-20 with 3-views

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Description

The F-20 was conceived as the next evolution of the Fighter for Export (FX), a concept that had been in place for over 50 years and a formalized U.S. government policy for over 25 years. Northrop invested $1.2 billion of its own money on that policy. However, no production contract followed, not because of any technical deficiency but because of a changing government policy on what our allies would receive in U.S. military aid.

This book traces the development of the 3 generations of a 1955 design called the N-156 which became the T-38 and the F-5A/B. The F-5A/B evolved into the F-5E/F and finally the F-20 Tigershark. Each step in that progression was to keep up with the latest Soviet fighters. The F-20 was designed to counter the Mig-29 and Su-27, 4th generation fighters. The book reveals the unique and triumphs to create a new type fighter in a world of design goals that produced a reliable, easily maintained, easy to fly, agile fighter-bomber that was affordable for many allied air forces in the wake of WW II. The story is told from the first person accounts (“Tigershark Voices”) of the struggles increasingly complex, expensive and maintenance-intensive fighters. Other “Tigershark Voices” bring the reader into the F-5 and F-20 cockpits as the pilots describe flying this breed of fighters.

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