ytpete
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Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sat May 02, 2009 5:04 am

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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RE: Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sat May 02, 2009 5:13 am

Looks to be one of these:


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Photo © George Canciani



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.

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RE: Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sat May 02, 2009 5:14 am



Quoting Ytpete (Thread starter):
joined today!, 1 post

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

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viv
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RE: Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sat May 02, 2009 9:15 am

It's an F-5E - a development of the Northrop T-38 Talon.
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ytpete
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RE: Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sun May 03, 2009 5:49 am

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
 
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RE: Help Identifying Fighter Plane

Sun May 03, 2009 6:45 am



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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