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Northrop RF-5 Tigereye (76-1534)

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A Northrop F5N Tiger II (761534) of the Navy's VFC-13 "Fighting Saints" (Fighter Squadron Composite Thirteen) at NAS Fallon (KNFL) is snapped here as it completes a left 360 and is coming level to land on runway 31L.
This is the first picture of 761534 to be posted into the FA photograph gallery.
The name under the cockpit reads ... LCDR James "Jeza" Bell.

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Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Triple digit temperature (and absolutely no shade) at this spotting location. I don't know what the official NWS temperature was in Fallon but the temperature indicator on the dashboard of my car parked where we were spotting read "110." I do know a couple of facts for certain: the day was cloudless, the sky was super blue, and the military metal just kept coming and coming, so it was well worth a pre-spotting "bath" in sunscreen lotion (lol) and then seven plus hours of sweat to be out there clicking the shutter.
Greg Byington
Without tying to sound sarcastic, that's a cool pic! (Well, maybe a little.) ;-)
chinaninearea51
That is a fantastic shot! The "Fighting Saints". I remember a squadron based at Lemoore, VA-163 the "Saints".
Uwe Zinke
Hi Gary!!
think is much hotter like here. today we have 35 degrees celsius.
absolute perfect pic!!
Leon Kay
Great photo. This deserves a 5 with the complete feedback about the plane and conditions
Tom Vance
Gman!!! June 2018 Calendar slot then to match the heat! I have a favor to ask. Can you or are you allowed to post the 'nickname" of the Pilots and RIOs( or whatever they are called...I'm old and thinking Tom Cruise in Top Gun)....but I love to see the nicknames on the ships,,,,,,,years ago in another life, I attended a change of command at NAS Lemoore when I think then Lt. Col. D Knutson took over the F/A-18 wing and they secretly painted the "Grinch" below his name under the cockpit...on his command F/A-18 at the ceremony and unveiled it at the change of command..........I saw a few guys doing 100 push ups afterwards outside the hangar, I can't read many of then on your shots. Old f*art and blind almost..lol
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Hey, howdy, Alien. (Wave) Re: the names ... no problem ... absolutely can do ... and will do. In fact, check back in a few days; I'll have had time by then to look 'em up and add them. I'm headed out very early AM tomorrow to get a special catch and won't be able to look them up til Sunday or so. And also, I get offers for spotting ops and photo tours. I've got one upcoming for an AF base next week. Sometimes those offers include the phrase, "Bring a buddy along." When I get another such offer, are you interested? I've asked two other guys and they are interested but they live out-of-area so they need to know well in advance (for travel planning) and often the offers I get are only three weeks, etc., away. I'm aware you too would need sufficient advance notice, but if you'd be interested then the next time I get such an offer you are fairly close so maybe it can be coordinated that you'd be free to come along?? Whatdaya say?
cliff731
Gary, this one gets all "5" stars from me!!!

Any who might remember the name "Skoshi Tiger" might appreciate Northrop's F-5.

Are there any here who also recall these U.S.A.F. evaluation and test F-5 aircraft were painted in a "blue" camouflage livery for their service during the Vietnam war?
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Alien, this one is LCDR James "Jeza" Bell.
ajagostini
Great pic!! Keep it up!!
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