The F-5 Tiger II, introduced in 1962, is a light fighter initially serving with the U.S. Navy. Due to its simplicity and low cost, it was a popular export aircraft with America producing more than 800 for its allies during the Cold War. The warbird also flew more than 2,600 sorties with American forces during the Vietnam War. The "E" variant is an enlarged, advanced variant first flown in August of 1972. It remains in service around the world.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model — a replica of an F-5E within the Patrouille Suisse fleet, a Swiss aerobatic team, as it appeared during the 2016 season (which was to be the unit's last year operating the F-5, though it may have been granted a two-year extension with the team's decision not to purchase the Gripen E) — features a colorful red design, engraved panel lines, a well-equipped cockpit with an optional-position canopy and a crew figure, optional-position landing gear, a stylish presentation stand, and decals for six different aircraft. Measures approximately 7¾" long with a 4½" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA3323