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Die-cast metal.
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
Fully assembled.
Comes with crew figure
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.

Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
RA-5C Vigilante
BuNo 149299/RVAH-9, USS Nimitz, 1977

The North American A3J Vigilante first flew on August 31, 1958 and was in service until
November 1979. Originally designed as a Mach 2 all-weather bomber; the aircraft eventually had
a new role of high-speed reconnaissance. In 1962 the Vigilante received new designators, the
original A3J-1 became the A-5A, A3J-2 became A-5B while the reconnaissance version A3J-3P
became the RA-5C and first flew June 30, 1962. The Vigilante was the largest and fastest aircraft
to operate from an aircraft carrier. The RA-5C was heavily used in the Vietnam War.

North American A-5A Vigilante 149299 was delivered to the USN January 1963 and shuffled
around for the next two years. It was assigned to VAH-3 and then VAH-1 as well as VAH-7 before
returning to VAH-3 that became RVAH-3. In February 1966 the aircraft was converted to an
RA-5C and again shuffled around the USN. It was assigned to RVAH-6, 7, 3, 7, 12, 3, 12, and
finally in 1973 RVAH-9 as AJ602 when they sailed on the USS Nimitz from July 1976 until
February 1977. SOC in 1977.

Specifications for the North American RA-5C Vigilante
Crew – 2 / tandem twin cockpits x Pilot in front cockpit, Reconnaissance Attack Navigator in the
Number of Aircraft – 91 new built, converted aircraft 43 A-5A and the first 6 A-5B = 140

Length – 76 ft 7 in   (23.3 m)
Wingspan – 53 ft 2in   (16.2 m)
Height – 19 ft 5 in   (5.9 m)

Empty – 37,500 lb   (17,000 kg)
Maximum – 79,600 lb   (36,100 kg)

Engines – 2 x General Electric J79-GE-10 turbojets with each engine producing 17,859 lbs of
Maximum – 1,320 mph   (2,125 km/h)
Service Ceiling – 52,100 ft   (15,900 m)
Range – 2,050 miles   (3,300 km)

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Itek AN/APR-25 S/X/C-Band Radar Detection and Homing Set
Motorola AN/APR-18 Electronic Reconnaissance System
AN/AAS-21 IR Reconnaissance Camera

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