Aviation: Riding the Little Tiger

The pride of many a small-budget nation's air force is a snoop-nosed, 1,000-m.p.h. whizbang called the F-5 Freedom Fighter. A flight of Philippine F-5s snapped into escort positions around Air Force One when President Johnson took off on the Manila-to-Bangkok leg of his Southeast Asian trip. Belgium and The Netherlands are about to order the planes. This month Morocco's King Hassan, anxious to retire his aging Russian-built MIG-17s, will take delivery of a dozen F-5s.

Survive & Win. Built by Beverly Hills-based Northrop Corp., the plane is that rarest of all U.S....

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