Canadair CF-5D

The Canadair CF-5D Freedom Fighter. This Canadian version, designated as the CF116 Freedom Fighter, was manufactured between 1965 and 1969 by Canadair Limited in Montreal under license from the Northrop Corporation and was modernized through an extensive Depot Level Inspection and Repair and Avionics Upgrade Programs between 1987 and 1995. The Canadian Air Force modified these CF-5Ds for service as Lead-In Trainers for their CF/A-18 fleet. This work updated the aircraft avionics with capabilities that are instantly familiar to the current fighter pilot. The F-5 is a proven aircraft formerly used by the USAF, and currently used by the USN and USMC. Although it shares many similarities to the T-38 used in USAF flight training, test support, and adversary aircraft roles, the F-5 was designed as a fighter with supersonic speed, high turn rates, and a combat ceiling in excess of 40,000 feet. It offers a proven safety record to USAF customers utilizing the commercial air services industry due to the documented reliability of the General Electric/Canadair J-85 engines and the inherent safety of twin-engine redundancy. The same engine is installed in the T-38 and is one of General Electric’s most successful military jet engines, with the civilian versions having logged over 16.5 million hours of operation worldwide.

General Characteristics

Crew: one–two

Propulsion: (2) Orenda-built GE J85-15 turbojet engines capable of 4,300 lbs of thrust

Length: 47 ft 2 in (14.38 m)

Height: 13 ft 2 in (4.01 m)

Wingspan: 25 ft 10 in (7.87 m)

Weight:  Max Takeoff Weight: 20,390 lb (9,249 kg); Zero fuel weight 8,681 lb (3,938 kg)

Maximum speed: 1,575 km/h (Mach 1.3) (978 mph)

Ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,000 m)

Range: 760 nmi (875 mi, 1,400 km)

Loiter Time: 1.5 hours