F-5A/B "Freedom Fighter"
Tuesday March 15, 2005
Ex-ROCAF F-5B now stored at Clark with the grounding of PAF F-5s
following the accident at Mabalacat Pampanga in 2002. The photo below was
taken in April 2003 at Clark where the PAF F-5s are stored. Note the red star on
the nose and the tail of 780 below. Thanks to Erik Alvia for all the current info and photos (April
Photos below taken in April 2003. PAF F-5s were stored in
two hangars. One hangar is neat and tidy while the other looks like a
dump. Aircraft in the former were the flyable ones with care being done to
store them in the hopes that funding would be found to make them flyable again.
Inlets are covered, cockpits are taped over and movable flying surfaces are tied
down. As the pictures show – they look like they could be made available
to fly on short notice. PAF maintenance crew chiefs interviewed for this
article state that all these aircraft need overhauls to their control systems to
prevent another Mabalacat incident from
happening again hence the continued grounding. Thanks to Erik
Alvia for all the current info and photos (April 23, 2003)
66-9076 is an ex RJAF aircraft.
21191 is ex ROCAF as is 21190.
The other hangar. Aircraft in this group are in much worse
condition than the ones in the top picture. 69143 is an ex-ROCAF, ex SVAF ex
USAF aircraft. 13324 is a survivor and an original PAF F-5.
Thanks to Erik Alvia for all the current info and photos (April 23, 2003)
Blue Diamond#3, was originally a Korean aircraft.
One of the original batch of PAF
F-5As. Taken during Cope Thunder Exercises at ClarkAB in 1985. Note
that the F-5 is armed with a rocket/practice bomb dispenser on the centerline,
and two Aim-9B missiles.
There are also USAF F-4s in the background. 10506 below was supposedly
written off in 1983 but has been sighted as recently as May 1998.