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North American A3J Vigilante (A-5, RA-5) (Unless noted otherwise - All Photos: NMNA)


NAA RA-5C - BuNo 156609 - assigned to RVAH-3, based at NAS Albany, Georgia.

NAA RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156608 - assigned to RVAH-7, based aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61), circa 1979.

NAA YA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 149301 - based aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).

In Flight Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland - a NAA A3J Vigilante, circa 1960.

RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 149276 - seen in flight over NAS Albany, Georgia. This bird is assigned to RVAH-14, circa June 1969.

A Douglas KA-3 Skywarrior tanks an RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 149303. Both birds based aboard the USS J. F. Kennedy (CVA-67) - September 1969.

Seen at NAS North Island - NAA RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156615 - assigned to RVAH-6. 17 May 1975.

NAA RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 146702 - assigned to RVAH-7, seen at NAS Miramar, California - 24 October 1976.

In the skies over South Florida - RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156643 - assigned to RVAH-13 - USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 27 FEB 1979.

An F-4B - from VF-213 - tucks in tight to an RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 150831 - assigned to RVAH-11 - both aboard CVA-63 - January 1969.

19 January 1969 - an RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 149301 - assigned to RVAH-11 (CVA-63) - in the skies over the Western Pacific.

A Vigie and a Phantom II - assigned to RVAH-11 and VF-92 - over Oahu, Hawaii - November 1971.

RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 149300 - assigned to Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) traps aboard the USS Saratoga - circa 1966.

A flight of three RA-5C Vigilantes - assigned to RVAH-9 - over Key West, Florida.

The same three Vigies over NAS Key West - on Stock Island.

Here's an odd formation - A Vigie tanks a Vigie tanks a Vigie - all assigned to RVAH-7, Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3).

NAA RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156622 - assigned to RVAH-7 - seen at NAS Fallon, Nevada - 21 April 1977.

Over the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) - a fleet A-7E leads a KA-6D and a A-7E (both from NATC) with an RA-5C in trail. 5 April 1975.

Ready to launch - a NAA A3J-1 Vigilante assigned to VAH-7, aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).

The last of the Vigies - BuNo 156643 - assigned to RVAH-12, USS Saratoga and seen over Fort Jefferson - 1978

North American Aviation RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156639 - assigned to RVAH-12, USS Saratoga, and seen at NAS Key West, Florida on 2 June 1978.

Assigned to RVAH-9, and based aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-69), the North American Aviation RA-5C Vigilante - BuNo 156628 - is seen at NAS Lemoore on 12 October 1975.

North American Aviation RA-5C - BuNo 156639 - assigned to RVAH-9, is seen at NAS Key West on 22 August 1977.

Back in March 1973, RVAH-9 was part of Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9), based aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). The squadron flew the NAA RA-5C - seen here is BuNo 156638 on a mission over the Tonkin Gulf.

North American Aviation A-5A Vigilantes, aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62) - 31 January 1964. Photo: GV Collection

1962 - NAA A3J-1 Vigilante - assigned to VAH-7. Photo: GV Collection

NAA RA-5C - BuNo 148925 - assigned to RVAH-12 - circa 1968. Photo: GV Collection

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