Jet Warbird Day at EAA AirVenture 2018 was a feast for fans of jet-propelled classics. Several types participated in the show, including North American F-86 Sabre fighters, the world’s only operational North American FJ-4 Fury carrier-based fighter, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainers and their Canadair CT-133 cousins, a bevy of Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainers, a Gloster Meteor T.7 jet trainer, and one of the world’s few privately-owned Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighters. The videos (both parts) were uploaded to YouTube by AirshowStuffVideos.
Part 1 of the show-
That F-5A is a former 1968-vintage Norwegian Air Force jet. It made its way back to the States in 1988 and was purchased by Chick Thornton of Thornton Aircraft Company (TAC). TAC restores and sells Northrop T-38 and F-5 jets. They also do aviation motion picture and television work among other things. You may notice in Part 2 of the video that the F-5A is quite capable of stealing the show.
Part 2 of the show-
Part 2 features pyro effect and a missing man formation flown in remembrance of the late Marty Tibbitts, who died in the crash of the World Heritage Air Museum DF-112 Venom FB54 at Sheboygan the week before EAA AirVenture 2018. RIP Marty.