×
Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Chart (2023) Military Ranks
Advertisements

HOME
AIRCRAFT / AVIATION
MODERN AIR FORCES
COUNTRIES
MANUFACTURERS
COMPARE
BY CONFLICT
BY TYPE
BY DECADE
COLD WAR
MODERN AIRCRAFT

Aviation / Aerospace


Korean Air KF-5F (Jegong-Ho)


Twin-Seat Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) [ 1982 ]



The Korean Air KF-5F Jegong-Ho is a locally-produced South Korean training-centric variant of the American Northrop F-5 Tiger II.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/09/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

GO TO SPECIFICATIONS [+]
Advertisements
The Korean Air KF-5F "Jegong-Ho" lightweight Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) is nothing more than the American Cold War-era Northrop F-5F "Tiger II" fighter / supersonic trainer aircraft. The designation signifies a locally-produced F-5F for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) and the type was first introduced during September of 1982. Twenty airframes were acquired in this fashion. Similarly, the KF-5E are F-5E models also built in South Korea for its air service. Introduction was also had in September of 1982 and 48 airframes were procured by the branch.

The KF-5F and KF-5E models joined F-5A/B variants purchased in 1965 by the RoKAF. F-5E models then followed in August of 1974. This experience led to local production of the type from 1982 to 1986.

For intents and purposes, the South Korean fighters are faithful to the original American design. They seat two in tandem under independent canopies and each position has ejection seats. The cockpits are set aft of a radar-housing nose assembly. The monoplane wings are held low against the sides of the fuselage and each wingtip is usually reserved for short-ranged air-to-air missiles (if armed). The tail unit comprises a single vertical fin with low-set, all-moving horizontal planes to round out the control scheme. Side fuselage intakes aspirate the turbojet engine pairing within. A retractable tricycle style undercarriage allows for the needed ground-running.

As fighters "first", Tiger IIs have a limited ground attack capability. A jettisonable fuel tank is typically fitted at centerline. As Advanced Jet Trainer platforms, they excel in providing pilots their first taste of supersonic flight.

The KF-5 has been succeeded, on paper, by the locally-designed, developed, and produced FA-50 light strike platform from 2001 onward. Today (2022), some 156 F-5E Tiger II fighters are in active inventory while 29 F-5F models are used as Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs).©MilitaryFactory.com
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.
Advertisements

Specifications



Service Year
1982

Origin
South Korea national flag graphic
South Korea

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
2

Production
20
UNITS


National flag of South Korea South Korea
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Training (General)
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).
- Training (Advanced)
Dedicated advanced training platform for student pilots having graduated from basic flight training.


Length
48.2 ft
(14.69 m)
Width/Span
26.7 ft
(8.15 m)
Height
13.5 ft
(4.10 m)
Empty Wgt
9,590 lb
(4,350 kg)
MTOW
24,692 lb
(11,200 kg)
Wgt Diff
+15,102 lb
(+6,850 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Korean Air KF-5F production variant)
monoplane / low-mounted / swept-back
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Low-Mounted
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
Swept-Back
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the Korean Air KF-5F production variant)
Installed: 2 x General Electric J85-GE-21 afterburning turbojet engines developing 3,500lb of thrust each.
Max Speed
1,084 mph
(1,745 kph | 942 kts)
Cruise Speed
652 mph
(1,050 kph | 567 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+432 mph
(+695 kph | 375 kts)
Ceiling
51,837 ft
(15,800 m | 10 mi)
Range
2,312 mi
(3,720 km | 6,889 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
34,500 ft/min
(10,516 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Korean Air KF-5F production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
Typically none unless in armaments training.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 5
Mounting Points




15
-
-
-
-
5
-
1
-
4
-
-
-
-
14
HARDPOINT(S) KEY:
X

15
13
11
9
7
5
3
1
2
4
6
8
10
12
14


COLOR KEY:
Fuselage Centerline
Fuselage Port/Wingroot
Fuselage Starboard/Wingroot
Wing/Underwing
Wingtip Mount(s)
Internal Bay(s)
Not Used

Note: Diagram above does not take into account inline hardpoints (mounting positions seated one-behind-the-other).


KF-5F ("Jegong-Ho") - Base Series Designation; 20 airframes completed.


Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Ukranian-Russian War
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft


Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective aerial campaigns / operations / aviation periods.

Images Gallery



1 / 1
Image from the Republic of Korea Ministry of Defense; Public Release.


Advertisements







Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies


2023 Military Pay Chart Military Ranks DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing all American military medals and ribbons.


www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-