Walking Wounded wrote:
Black Bird Air Park is just about a mile n/o me...http://www.palmdalecam.com/blckbird.htm
Joe Davies Heritage Air Park is adjacent to the Black Birds...http://www.letsgoseeit.com/index/county ... irpark.htm
They Flew T-33's out of Anchorage when I was stationed in Alaska; and the T-38 Talon, with a single cockpit configuration and fitted for combat, is known as the F-5 Tiger:
They used to be used by aggressor squadrons to simulate Soviet aircraft during the Cold War....helped our pilots with larger aircraft learn how to manuever for the kill. Not sure if they're still doing that or not, since the Russians are now our "friends".
Northrop had a long history of aggressive, company funded and pushed aircraft, primarily based on what became the F-5 frame. Other than the advanced trainer that we bought as the T-38, the most success the program had was in Foreign Military Sales/Military Assistance Programs, beginning with the Vietnamese Air Force. Eventually, through FMS/MAP, maybe 30+ countries used it, and some still do. I did a little paper work support on some of those foreign programs. The last model Northrop tried to market was the F-20 Tiger Shark. No takers. But the FA-18 the Navy bought, and the YF-17 it grew out of, that lost to the F-16 in the Light Weight Fighter program, grew from the original Northrop idea, back in the early 50s.
The F-5 airframe was used in Red Flag training, in dissimilar air combat, following some unpleasant surprises in the Viet Nam war, with respect to missiles vs guns and loss/kill ratios. The F-5 modeled the Mig-21 nicely. The US Navy still has a few models used in that role, I think, but the AF uses F-16s and F-15s, and maybe a few Soviet models acquired this way and that. Still a need for air combat maneuver training, with dissimilar opponents.