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RA-5C Vigilante Model, U.S. Navy, RVAH-6 - Hobby Master HA4705

RA-5C Vigilante Model, U.S. Navy, RVAH-6 - Hobby Master HA4705 - click to enlarge
RA-5C Vigilante Model, U.S. Navy, RVAH-6 - Hobby Master HA4705 - click to enlarge

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series Diecast Model

North American Aviation RA-5C (A-5) Vigilante – #156624, LCDR Joe Gerber & Lt. Jomo Thomas, Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6), USS Nimitz, U.S. Navy, 1978

1:72 Scale.  Length: 12.75".  Wingspan: 8.8"

North American RA-5C Vigilante #156624 was accepted by the U.S. Navy in January 1970 and assigned to Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6) “Fleurs” from 1970-1971 on a cruise aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Over the next 7 years the aircraft was assigned to RVAH-5 “Savage Sons”, RVAH-9 “Hoot Owls” and RVAH-12 “Speartips”, before returning to RVAH-6 as AJ602. 156624 made its final flight in 1978 and is now displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida wearing AJ-601 from its last cruise aboard the USS Nimitz.

The A-5 Vigilante was a carrier-based supersonic bomber designed and built by North American Aviation for the U.S Navy as a replacement for the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. However, its service as a nuclear strike aircraft was very short as its mission changed to tactical reconnaissance. The A3J-1 Vigilante (redesignated A-5A in September 1962) was first flown on August 31, 1958 and entered squadron service in June 1961. The RA-5C, the reconnaissance variant, saw extensive service during the Vietnam War starting in 1964. The RA-5C was generally regarded as the best tactical photo-reconnaissance aircraft in the Navy, when it was working properly.

During the Vietnam War, 8 U.S Navy RVAH squadrons flying the RA-5C completed a total of 32 combat cruises. 18 RA-5Cs were lost in combat, most of them to anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) and another 5 were lost in accidents. This was the highest loss rate of any Navy aircraft involved in the war. After the end of the Vietnam War, RA-5Cs continued to operate from carriers for a few more years, serving on carriers during cruises in the Mediterranean and Western Pacific.

Hobby Master offers a wide selection of quality, pre-assembled, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted to a high level of accuracy using specifications of the original aircraft. They are constructed with precision-made diecast metal and some plastic components.

This model of a RA-5C Vigilante features:

  • Opening canopy
  • Detailed cockpit with removable pilot figure
  • Realistic panel lines
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand
  • Box with RA-5C Vigilante artwork

  • Category: Hobby Master 1:72 Military Aircraft Models

    Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years

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