This Kenyan Air Force Northrop F-5 Tiger II does an extremely low, high speed pass effectively removing any excess branches from the trees and putting on a good show in the process. It has yet to be confirmed if permission was granted to buzz the tower.

The Kenya Air Force was formed on 1 June 1964 and operates several F-5s acquired from the USA and also caused some controversy from the procurement of additional F-5E/Fs from Jordan, being accused of corruption.


The F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of light supersonic fighter aircraft, initially designed in the late 1950s that was simpler and easier to produce than aircraft like the F-4 Phantom II. It was later upgraded in the early 70's with more powerful engines, higher fuel capacity, and changes to the wing resulting in a better turn rate. The low cost to both procure and operate the F-5 made it a popular export aircraft and made its way into the hands of many of America's allies.

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