Northrop F-5E Tiger II- SSBD

@ Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville, FL

March 2009

Another from the collection at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Florida.  In 2003, this aircraft was used during the NASA Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration,  a program that used a Northrop F-5E with a modified fuselage to demonstrate that the aircraft’s shock wave, and sonic boom, could be shaped, and thereby reduced.  The F-5E was modified with a specially shaped “nose glove,” an aluminum substructure and a composite skin added to the underside of the fuselage.

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