North American A-5 Vigilante / RA-5

Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft

North American RA-5C Vigilante United States Navy 156641, NG-612 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The North American A-5 Vigilante is a twin-engined two-seat carrier-based supersonic bomber aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer North American Aviation, operated by the US Navy. It served only a very short time in it's primary role as a nuclear bomber aircraft but until 1980 in it's second role as a reconnaissance aircraft, designated RA-5. The A-5 was initally designated A3J Vigilante until 1962.
Crew2
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric J79-GE-8
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
48,0 / 75,6 kN10800 / 17000 lbf
Speed2122 km/h1146 kts
  1319 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 2.0
Service Ceiling15.880 m52.100 ft
Range2.074 km1.120 NM
1.289 mi.
Empty Weight14.846 kg32.730 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight28.579 kg63.005 lbs
Wing Span16,15 m52 ft 12 in
Wing Area70,0 m753 ft
Length23,32 m76 ft 6 in
Height5,90 m19 ft 4 in
First Flight31.08.1958
Production Statusout of production
Total Production158
Data for (Version)North American A-5A
VariantsA-5A (A3J-1), RA-5C (A3J-3P)

[Photo-ID: 11156] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
North American RA-5C Vigilante, United States Navy, 149289, c/n 269-24, Karsten Palt, 2015North American
RA-5C Vigilante
United States Navy
Reg.: 149289
c/n: 269-24
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11157] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
North American RA-5C Vigilante, United States Navy, 149289, c/n 269-24, Karsten Palt, 2015North American
RA-5C Vigilante
United States Navy
Reg.: 149289
c/n: 269-24
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 13264] Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
North American RA-5C Vigilante, United States Navy, 156615, c/n 316-8, Karsten Palt, 2016North American
RA-5C Vigilante
United States Navy
Reg.: 156615
c/n: 316-8
 
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]
[Photo-ID: 6221] Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
North American RA-5C Vigilante, United States Navy, 156641, c/n 316-34, Karsten Palt, 2012North American
RA-5C Vigilante
United States Navy
Reg.: 156641
c/n: 316-34
 
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum [San Diego, CA]