Venezuelan VF-5A special tail art
07 Mar 2005
This photo taken on 1 March 2005 shows one of the VF-5A Freedom Fighter in service with the Fuerza Aérea Venezolana (FAV) at El Libertador AB . The aircraft had just been repainted and was decorated with a colorful artwork denoting the G-12 groups' moto Superacion (Superatio) on its vertical tail fin. The special tail, designed by Victor Amaya, is the first of three planned artworks for the Freedom Fighters in the FAV.
Elbit Systems has currently been contracted to refurbish two NF-5B and one CF-5D two-seaters. They will also feature minor upgrades in avionics and will receive GPS equipment. To celebrate the occasion and boast G-12s morale, the special artworks will be put on three aircraft, not neccesarily the refurbished ones. Single-seat aircraft VF-5A serialled 6018 has become to first to show off its new fin. The FAV single-seat F-5s received the Grifo update in the 1990s, these aircraft have since been designated VF-5A.