jack t ripper wrote:
The Nazis are never going to win with the crappy F-5
Dunno why the image of the most bare bones American fighter export, the F-5, is so disproportionately shown in popular media imagery.
I suspect it's leftover tendency from the Top Gun
Don't get me wrong, I think it's one of the sexiest looking jets of the Cold War era, but there were only a few countries that actually planned to use it in a shooting war (Holland being the most driven in it's upgrades). In the US, where it was designed, we only used them for "Aggressor" squadrons to emulate small, lightweight, and nimble, but low tech Soviet-built point defense fighters (namely the MiG-21 and MiG-29).
I recall seeing an interview with Chuck Yeager, during his elder years, in which they asked him which jet fighter was his most "enjoyable" to fly. He didn't hum & haw too long before saying the F-5. While it may have been fairly bare bones, especially regarding hi-tech shit, the little thing could obviously still boogie quite well.