4 decal variants:
1. F-5A of the 9th PRS, 7th BG, Pandaveswar, India, 1943
2. F-5A of GR II/33 based at Alghere, Sardinia, May 1944, A. S. Exupery
3. F-5A of the 12th PPRS at Florennes, Belgium, October 1944
4. F-5A of the 34th PRS, 10th BG, June 1944
It could carry a wide range of cameras, with some aircraft carrying up to six cameras. The F-5A was based on the P-38G. A total of 180 were produced in three production blocks, each based on the equivalent P-38G block (20 F-5A-1, 20 F-5A-3, and 140 F-5A-10). The F-5A carried a combination of vertical and oblique cameras.