North American RA-5C Vigilante Aircraft Data
Photo ID 63576 by Carl Brent. USA Navy North American RA 5C Vigilante, 156610
The North American RA-5C Vigilante is a carrier-based strategic nuclear bomber, but would see action over Vietnam as a fast reconnaissance aircraft.

The Vigilante boasts lending a hand to designers leading to new aircraft types with sleek lines and impressive performance.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • First Flight: 1958
  • Initial Service Date: 1961
  • No. Built: 158
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 2
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2× General Electric J79-GE-8 afterburning turbojets at 0 lbf

Weapons:

1× B28 or B43 freefall nuclear bomb in internal weapons bay.
2× B43, Mark 83, or Mark 84 bombs on two external hardpoints.

Dimensions:

Length: 76 ft 7 in.
Wing Span: 53 ft 2 in.
Wing Area: 754 sq.ft
Height: 19 ft 5 in.
Empty Weight: 37,500 lbs
Max. Weight: 79,600 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 1,320 mph
Service Ceiling: 52,100 ft.
Normal Range: 1,290 nm
Max. Range: 1,785 nm

Operators:

United States Navy

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