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Posted: 9/16/2009 8:17:34 PM EST

Former NATC A-5A 146697


Mothballed RA-5C 146698 on static display


RA-5C 146698 in better times with RVAH-3


RVAH-5 RA-5C 147850
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:21:17 PM EST
That thing was a sexy, sexy plane.

Kind of got caught at a bad time in history though, right as we switched back from a nuclear-centric focus to conventional warfare. I'm still amazed they managed to keep it on as a recon bird, given the mission switch...
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:21:30 PM EST
A beautiful bird!!!! My Dad worked on Viggies when he was with RVAH-12.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:25:50 PM EST
Good looking plane. I used to drive by one every day at NAS Fallon when i used to go out there.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:27:37 PM EST

Beautiful in-flight photo of early A-5As from RVAH-3


RVAH-7 RA-5C 149301


USS Kitty Hawk A-5 149304


RVAH-9 RA-5C 149311








Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:33:42 PM EST

Former RVAH-13 RA-5C 149311 at MASDC


NATC JRA-5C 150824


Former RVAH-12 RA-5C 150832 at MASDC


RA-5C 150834 wears a rare camo scheme for a USN aircraft


Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:38:40 PM EST

RVAH-3 RA-5C 150836


RVAH-7 RA-5C 151629


RVAH-14 RA-5C 151726 at MASDC


RVAH-11 RA-5C 156609





Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:44:59 PM EST


RVAH-12 RA-5C 156612


RVAH-6 RA-5C 156613


RVAH-7 RA-5C 156625


A-5A 146694, the third Viggie off the production line










Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:45:48 PM EST
I've always loved the A-5's. I think they had beautiful lines. Too bad they missed their calling
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:46:40 PM EST
Love that plane. We had the R-5 on the USS Independence. Best thing about them, they had a single stage afterburner, it was on or not. The bridge OOD's used to scare the hell out of the new ensigns on the bridge. When that plane was line up on #1catapult, the JBD was up, the pilot hit the afterburner, the whole bridge would hear and feel a big BOOM!!!! The whole bridge would shake. The new ensigns would jump, scream, shit themselves, etc...
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:47:21 PM EST
Gotta love a plane that shits nuclear bombs
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:01:29 PM EST


RVAH-7 RA-5C 146702 on display at the 1976 NAS Miramar Open House


VAH-7 RA-5C 147854


RVAH-13 RA-5C 147857 in 1973


RVAH-3 RA-5C 156625 in 1978







Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:08:35 PM EST

RVAH-13 RA-5C 156627 in 1973


Beautiful shot of RVAH-3 RA-5C 156631 in the landing configuration


RVAH-5 RA-5C 156631 in 1977


RVAH-1 RA-5C 156638 at NAS Miramar in 1978

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:14:19 PM EST

RVAH-3 RA-5C 156638 landing in 1979
The Viggies used the J79 engines, which meant they were as smoky as the Phantoms


RVAH-1 RA-5C 156640 in 1977


Former RVAH-12 RA-5C 156640 at China Lake in 1980


RVAH-3 RA-5C 156641 at McGuire AFB in 1977
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:34:29 PM EST
Cool looking plane.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:41:42 PM EST
Did the USAF have a variation or was the A-5 navy only?
TIA
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:53:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 10:01:56 PM EST by GLHX2112]
Originally Posted By SevenPaul7:
Did the USAF have a variation or was the A-5 navy only?
TIA


Navy only.

I've been looking for any word of USMC operation of RA-5's, but can't find anything. I saw my first Vigilante summer of 1976 in Virginia Beach, it was taking off and had the burner going... pretty darn cool!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 10:24:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By SevenPaul7:
Did the USAF have a variation or was the A-5 navy only?
TIA


Are you thinking of the A-3/RB-66?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:28:06 AM EST
Great post!

Always liked the looks of that one.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:37:35 AM EST
Absolutely gorgeous machines... Thanks for the pics.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:38:40 AM EST
That plane looks fast as hell just sitting on the ramp.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:41:35 AM EST

The Training Wing Commodore in the mid 1980s was a Vietnam era A-5 guy...he had great stories.

The A-5 was practically uninterceptable.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:48:03 AM EST
Forgot about those. I built a model of one when I was a kid, even had the rearward ejecting bomb. Still a sexy lookin' airplane. Thanks for the pics.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:51:09 AM EST
Kick. Ass. Thread.

(aka, tag for home when I can add these pics to my collection)
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:54:23 AM EST
I must admit I don't recall ever seeing this before. Am I correct in assuming from the comments that this was a carrier-based nuclear bomber?

A fine looking aircraft.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:55:06 AM EST
You can see a fair amount of the lineage of the F-15, F-111 and even the F-14 in that plane.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:01:20 AM EST
Originally Posted By Raoc:
I must admit I don't recall ever seeing this before. Am I correct in assuming from the comments that this was a carrier-based nuclear bomber?

A fine looking aircraft.


Yep, the mission went away as the Navy's Nuclear Delivery switch to SSBNs, and the A-5 transitioned to a recon platform.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:14:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 7:15:25 AM EST by Chairborne]
Originally Posted By Raoc:
I must admit I don't recall ever seeing this before. Am I correct in assuming from the comments that this was a carrier-based nuclear bomber?

A fine looking aircraft.


It was, if you call pointing the nose up and ejecting bombs out the ass a "bomber".

It was a cool ass airplane though, and my uncle had good things to say about them. He worked both F-4s and RA-5s during Vietnam.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:16:51 AM EST
weren't these like the largest carrier based plane (so far) ?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:17:10 AM EST
The lovely RA-5 is Officially a BACP - Big Ass Carrier Plane.

Back in the mid 60's I also built the model with the rear-ejecting bomb.

I think it was the Monogram brand.



The Ol' Crew Chief

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:18:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By RED_5:
weren't these like the largest carrier based plane (so far) ?


Pretty sure that honor goes to the A-3 and it's variants.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:22:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 7:22:45 AM EST by AKSig]
Originally Posted By RED_5:
weren't these like the largest carrier based plane (so far) ?


A-3 Skywarrior was bigger.

ETA: Beat by Chairborne
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:22:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By Chairborne:
Originally Posted By RED_5:
weren't these like the largest carrier based plane (so far) ?


Pretty sure that honor goes to the A-3 and it's variants.

took a look at the A3 and I do believe you're correct.. that's what I was thinking of, don't know how I got the two mixed up
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:24:56 AM EST
Is it true the Soviets used a lot of data and design features from the A-5 for the Mig-25?

I had heard that some time or another, but did not know if it was based in fact. I think the original design of the A-5 had a twin tail set up and you could really see a similarity to the Mig that followed.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:34:56 AM EST
They need to restore one to flying status for the airshow circuit.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:43:31 AM EST
tag
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:56:51 AM EST
This planbe shit nukes.

This is Chuck Norris' personal aircraft.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:03:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By RED_5:

Originally Posted By Chairborne:
Originally Posted By RED_5:
weren't these like the largest carrier based plane (so far) ?


Pretty sure that honor goes to the A-3 and it's variants.

took a look at the A3 and I do believe you're correct.. that's what I was thinking of, don't know how I got the two mixed up


I think, at the time, It was the biggest Jet the that could be thrown off the deck without a headwind? I remember reading something about that many, many years ago, as one of the design requirements, or just something it was able to do, just because of its awesomeness, er, large wing area and high lift magical thingys, heheh.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:05:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By packinheavy:
Is it true the Soviets used a lot of data and design features from the A-5 for the Mig-25?

I had heard that some time or another, but did not know if it was based in fact. I think the original design of the A-5 had a twin tail set up and you could really see a similarity to the Mig that followed.


One theory I've heard is that the 25 came about partly due to espionage in the Avro Arrow program.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:11:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:24:20 AM EST
That is one sexy bird. Thanks for posting the pics.
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