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Canadair CF-5 CF-116

In July 1965, the Canadian government selected the F-5 lightweight fighter as the new tactical fighter in the midst of a great degree of disdain. The F-5 had been designed as a cheap, throw away fighter for developing countries with limited technical expertise. For a country like Canada with a sophisticated aerospace industry, the aircraft selection was seen as a step backward. A substantial number of Canadian unique modifications were added to make the aircraft suitable and the aircraft was subsequently also adopted by the Dutch and Norwegian Air Forces with further modifications.

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