Wearing the special paint scheme that celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the VMFT-401 “Snipers”, this Franken-Tiger (761586 / LS-00) plane was photographed by Tony Lovelock at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, on Jan. 26, 2012.
The aircraft, along with the typical Soviet cross, sports a cool tiger rudder.
Noteworthy, along with the new Air Force’s aggressors paint jobs even the Snipers’ one was first reported in Fall 2011.
The Franken-Tiger is a hybrid plane, made with the cockpit of an F-5F and the rest of the airframe coming from a former Swiss Air Force F-5E. It is used by the U.S. Navy aggressor’s squadron to provide “adversary services” during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) courses.
All images by Tony Lovelock
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