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I've asked the same before, but from what I have gathered they never did. The only USAF Agressor squadrons to fly F-5F's were 64TFTAS and 65TFTAS back in early 1980's.  

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Having been stationed at RAF Wyton during the early 1980s, which is only a few miles from RAF Alconbury ( and also being on the base when our runway was being repaired) I only saw single seat F-5Es there.

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Indeed.  

In fact, I think the first photographs I ever took of military aircraft were taken at Wyton  -  of Alconbury's F-5Es and RC-4Cs when their runway was being resurfaced.

1981 or '82 ?

 

Keith

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8 hours ago, Niels said:

I've asked the same before, but from what I have gathered they never did. The only USAF Agressor squadrons to fly F-5F's were 64TFTAS and 65TFTAS back in early 1980's.  

 

While I don't have any official documentation, I do have an extensive collection of aggressor 35 mm slides, and going by that, Niels is 100% correct. The only shots that I have of USAF aggressor F-5Fs is from the 64th & 65th Aggressor Squadrons at Nellis in the early 80's. Apparently they only had them for a very short time (a year or so) before they were sent to the 425th TFTS at Williams possibly to replace or at least supplement their F-5Bs. The F-5Fs that were assigned to the aggressor units were:

 

82-0089 painted in an overall gray scheme, 65th AS

82-0090 in a version of the New Ghost scheme, 65th AS

83-0072 in the Sand scheme, 64th AS

83-0073 in the Blue scheme, 64th AS

83-0074 in a modified Flogger scheme, 64th AS

 

For modelers notes, all are late build F's, and would have had the duckbill/sharknose nose cone, and wing root extensions. They would have also had radar screens in the cockpit, and the flat VOR/ILS antenna on top the vertical stabilizer. HTH, Fred K

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23 hours ago, Piker38 said:

Indeed.  

In fact, I think the first photographs I ever took of military aircraft were taken at Wyton  -  of Alconbury's F-5Es and RC-4Cs when their runway was being resurfaced.

1981 or '82 ?

 

Keith

 

We at Wyton went across to Alconbury in 1985, but I am sure that Alconbury came across to us in 1984. Our Sqn housed the TR-1s, whilst our ultra secret Nimrod R1s were parked outside.

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Yes, that would about right........... many happy days spent at those two bases.

There were some very good shots to be had of the RF-4Cs from the crash-gate near the Bloodhound missiles at Wyton - but we photographers also surprised a few couples that used to 'park' down that lane at lunchtimes  ;-)

 

Keith

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