This F-5F modex 5385 was manufactured in 1980 as 80-0297, one of three F-5F-NOs built under contract numbers VH1007/VH1009. This aircraft was assigned to the 737th TFW / 7th TFG at Taitung AB. The 7th TFG is comprised of the 44th FS, 45th FS and 46th FS. In 1988 the 46th FS became subordinate to the Tactical Training and Development Center (Taiwan Top Gun) also located at Taitung AB. These aircraft have a bare metal finish simulating PLAAF aircraft and act as aggressors in the Tai Chung Training Range.
The Northrop F-5 tactical fighter was designed as an extremely maneuverable, supersonic fighter with a high rate of reliability at a low operating cost. The F-5 first flew on July 30, 1959 with the first customer delivery in 1964. The last of more than 2,600 F-5's was produced in 1989 and about two-thirds of these are still in service with 26 countries more than 4 decades later. The F-5 was manufactured by Northrop Grumman and under license in Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland.