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VNAF F-5 FREEDOM FIGHTER

       The F-5 is a supersonic fighter combining low cost, ease of maintenance and great versatility. More than 2,000 F-5 aircraft have been procured by the USAF for use by allied nations. The F-5, which resembles the USAF Northrop T-38 trainer, is suitable for various types of ground-support and aerial intercept missions, including those which would have to be conducted from sod fields in combat areas.

The F-5 first flew on July 30, 1959, and deliveries to the Tactical Air Command for instructing foreign pilots began in April 1964. Pilots from Iran, South Vietnam, and South Korea were the first to be trained in the F-5, followed by pilots from Norway, Greece, Taiwan, Spain and other Free World nations that have adopted the F-5. A two-place combat trainer version, the F-5B, first flew in February 1964. In 1966-1967, a USAF squadron of F-5s flew combat missions in Southeast Asia for operational evaluation purposes.

F-5A FREEDOM FIGHTER

SPECIFICATIONS :

•Span: 25 ft. 10 in.
•Length: 47 ft. 2 in.
•Height: 13 ft. 6 in.
•Weight: 20,576 lbs. loaded
• Two 20mm cannons, rockets, missiles and 5,500 lbs. of bombs externally
•Engines: Two General Electric J85s of 4,080 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
•Cost: $756,000

PERFORMANCE:

• Maximum speed: 925 mph
• Cruising speed: 575 mph
• Range: 1,100 miles
• Service ceiling: 50,700 ft.


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VNAF RESTORED AIRCRAFT

      The VNAF has ceased to exist thirty fiveyears ago, but today some of its aircraft still fly in the freedom sky thanks to the restoration done by the professional, dedicated aviators. The following photos show some typical VNAF aircraft that have been restored to their original images and full functions. Most photos come from unknown sources; any corrections for photographers and sources are welcome for full credits.


1950 Wright 1300 T-28A Complete Restoration with VNAF markings
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      Julius Barney and his team are working on the project of restoring an original A-37B Dragonfly. The markings on one side will be the US AFRES scheme and the other will be the VNAF 524th scheme of Thien Loi FS (the serial number is 71-832). Below are some photos of the restoring process. Will update photos when the aircraft is finished.

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VNAF F8F BEARCAT

       The Grumman F8F Bearcats have been transfered from French Air force (L'armee De L'air) to VNAF at the early time when VNAF was considered as a fledging Air Force. Here is some specifications of the Bearcat.

GRUMMAN F8F BEARCAT

SPECIFICATIONS (F8F-1B):

• Weight: Empty 7,070 lbs., Max Takeoff 12,947 lbs.
• Wing Span: 35ft. 10in.
• Length: 28ft. 3in.
• Height: 13ft. 10in.
• Engine: 2,100hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34W Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial piston engine.

PERFORMANCE:

• Maximum Speed at 19,700ft: 421mph
• Cruising Speed: 163mph
• Ceiling: 38,700ft
• Range: 1,105 miles

ARMAMENT:

• Four 20mm cannon
• Hard points for two 1,000lb bombs, or four 127mm (5-inch) rockets, or two 150-gal fuel tanks


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VNAF T-28 TROJAN

       The North American T-28 Trojan was a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States armed forces in the 1950s and into the early 1970s. The largest single concentration of this aircraft was employed by the US Navy at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida in the training of student naval aviators. Many were subsequently sold to private civil operators where and are often found flying as warbirds today.

Some of the following photos showed VNAF T-28 during the Farmgate program, in which the US pilots flew combat with VNAF marking and Vietnamese personnel in the back seat.