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Help Identifying Fighter Plane  
User currently offlineYtpete From United States of America, joined May 2009, 2 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Hi all,

I was hiking near San Francisco a few weekends ago when a jet fighter came swooping over the hills (pretty slowly, I think, for that sort of plane). It circled around once more and I hurriedly snapped a photo:



Now I'm curious what type of plane it was (also what it was doing there, but I'll have to settle for just part A). It appears to have twin engine exhausts but only a single vertical stabilizer -- which isn't familiar to me. Anyone recognize?

Thanks for the help!

- Peter

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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4036 times:
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Looks to be one of these:


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These are operated by the US Navy and Marines, and serve as "aggressor" aircraft in dissimilar combat training. In other words, they are used to teach our pilots what it's like to fight different types of fighters.

2H4



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4034 times:
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Quoting Ytpete (Thread starter):
joined today!, 1 post

By the way.....welcome to Airliners!  bigthumbsup 

2H4



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

It's an F-5E - a development of the Northrop T-38 Talon.


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User currently offlineYtpete From United States of America, joined May 2009, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Wow, you guys are fast! Looks like a spot-on match -- thanks for the help.

And thanks for the "welcome" too. Smile This mystery is what finally prompted me to sign up!

- Peter


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 3916 times:



Quoting Ytpete (Reply 4):
what finally prompted me to sign up!

Oh dear. Now that you have caught the Anet disease, you have to realise that there is no cure. The condition is terminal.

You will become an expert on wire fences, stepladders, pack lunches, and forgotten grass airfields.



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
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