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Aircraft Operations

About Our Aircraft

TacAir Air Operations are fundamentally organized and operated like a military fighter squadron and the backbone is our impressive array of jet and turboprop aircraft. TacAir owns the largest operational fighter fleet in the commercial services industry. We also operate Customer-owned aircraft up to, and including fourth-generation fighter aircraft such as the F-16 and SU-27, to suit your training needs.  We endeavor to meet the same professional standards of military fighter operations around the world.

Fleet

Our Aircraft

TacAir owns and operates a fleet of 26 supersonic F-5 fighter aircraft, largely consisting of an improved, lower flight-time version of the current Adversary platform of the U.S. Navy (USN) AND Marine Corps (USMC).  TacAir has operated F-5 aircraft since 2013. The F-5 is a proven Adversary aircraft also formerly used by the USAF in this role and currently operational with 19 international air forces.  While the baseline F-5 flown by the USN/USMC is widely considered a 3 rd Generation aircraft, TacAir’s existing and planned upgrades economically evolve this aircraft into an advanced tactical aircraft with sensor/system capabilities on par with current DoD 4 th Generation fighter aircraft.  TacAir F-5s are upgraded with HUD/HOTAS, open architecture mission computers and tailored Operational Flight Programs that enable integration of advanced radar systems, IRSTS, EA, RWR, datalinks, and HOBS simulated weapons employment. The F-5’s proven growth potential and twin-engine reliability, paired with our uncompromising corporate safety culture, is the best insurance against hazards and mishaps and lets us meet almost any potential performance requirements. TacAir is proud to bring our upgraded fleet of F-5E/Fs as a 4th generation adversary platform with 3rd generation economy.

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Northrop F-5 E/F
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Embraer EMB 312F Tucano (A-27)
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SIAI-Marchetti SF-260TP

Squadron

Customer/Other Aircraft

Let TacAir assist you in your primary or advanced tactical aviation training.  TacAir has extensive experience operating customer aircraft in support of their training objectives, up to and including fourth generation fighters.  We currently fly F-16Cs while administering fighter weapons school training for an international customer.  In addition, we have also flown Su-27s, F-5s, and A-29s in global training operations.  This combined with our experience developing F-35 tactics and procedures for the U.S.military means that TacAir has the experience, currency and proficiency to train your aircrew in your aircraft to optimize your advanced capabilities investment.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon
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SU-27 Flanker
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A-29 Super Tucano

Operational Excellence

Aircraft Maintenance

Our maintenance team is staffed with A&P certified and tactical aircraft experienced mechanics, technicians and logisticians. Our maintenance management team has a combined 75 years of experience in tactical aviation maintenance with more than 30 years supporting U.S. military F-5 adversary contract maintenance support.

TacAir currently employs full time mechanics with extensive tactical aircraft experience. The comprehensive experience our maintenance team brings supporting air operations ensures safe and seamless ground maintenance operations and eliminates the learning curve required by a less experienced contractor.

To support our fleet, we maintain over 17,000 line items of F-5 parts in our Reno, Nevada warehouse and have developed a comprehensive logistic support network. Our network includes industry leaders Northrop Grumman, Magellan Aerospace, RUAG Aerospace, and a cadre of established and reputable small businesses that also currently support the USN/USMC F-5s.