Northrop F-20 Tigershark
The Northrop F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built
by Northrop. Its development began in 1975 as a further evolution of Northrop's F-5E Tiger II.
Although superior in may ways to General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon the Tigershark project was
terminated in 1986 for political reasons. This supersonic (Mach 2+) speed machine was capable of
going from sea level to 53,000 feet in "one minute". Brigadier General Chuck Yeager (first man to fly
faster than the speed of sound) once said of the F-20, "It's the sweetest little fighter jet I've ever flown".
Of the three (3) Tigersharks ever built, (at a cost of 1.3 Billion Dollars), only one survives today
and is on display at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA.
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