Early Study of Users Aided F-5 Program
Los Angeles—Comprehensive study of user needs begun nearly a decade before production is cited by Northrop Corp. as a key factor enabling its F-5 Freedom Fighter to meet, and often surpass, maintenance and operational readiness goals. The aircraft, placed in service by the air forces of 16 countries, had an operational readiness rate of 80% in a total of more than 400,000 hr. of flying, and has averaged 20 maintenance hours per flight hour in an average of 21 flight hours per month.
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