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VFA-127 Adversary at Cold Lake by F16CrewChief VFA-127 Adversary at Cold Lake by F16CrewChief
F-5E 74-1536 assigned to VFA-127, based at NAS Fallon and seen during a FIS graduation exercise at CFB Cold Lake.

In the 1990's VFA-127 was moved from NAS Lemoore to NAS Fallon.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Photographer
The camo really blends in with the sky. I gather these were highly manoeuvreable planes!
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes they were.
The US Navy and Air Force really had no military need for the F-5, it was really built for export under the MAP, but when Saigon fell, there were a bunch of F-5E's that were destined for the South Vietnamese AF that had nowhere to go. The Navy replaced their Topgun T-38's and the USAF replaced the Aggressor T-38's at Nellis AFB and at Clark AB, PI. with these F-5E's in the early 1970's. The F-5E was used as a MiG-21 simulator for ACM since the acft had similar performance. Both services soon started adopting WP and other non-Friendly nations paint schemes on the F-5's.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Photographer
Doesn't Turkey still fly some?
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I do not know. The US Navy operates some ex Swiss AF F-5E in the adversary role today. I think a lot of the original 1973 and 1974 models are retired...
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Photographer
But you know everything! :) (Sometimes I do think so!) Yes, now you mention it, the Swiss had some. I expect a lot of 1970s planes are retired.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Here is a current rundown of what the Turkish AF operates from the Dutch publication Scramble [link] . People who think they know everything really irratate those of us that do... :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Photographer
Hehehehe! Oh LOL! Thanks for the laugh, buddy, with this plane crash, I can use all the laughs I can get! :)
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Was that the Albatross crash?
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putrick Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I really like "open doors" and with a pilot, no less... :)
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The acft was taxiing in from a mission. The F-5 did not have a very effective ECS on the ground, so pilot's generally taxiied with the canopies open.
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