YouTube – A-5 Vigilante
2 x 17,859 lbs. ea.
76 ft. 6 in.
The A-5 Vigilante produced by North American was one of the most advanced and largest aircraft to operate from United States Navy carriers at the time of its deployment.
They were quick and maneuverable for a large aircraft. However, they had a relatively fast landing speed due to their high wing loading. This was a problem for some pilots.
The A-5 Vigilante was the first production aircraft to utilize fly-by-wire technology.
The aircraft were the first to be equipped with an automated bombing system using both radar and T.V. imaging for aiming.
It was the first aircraft ever deployed with a Head Up Display (HUD).
The A-5 Vigilante was the first aircraft capable of low altitude navigation using a terrain following radar system.
Although they served as an attack aircraft, some believe that the aircraft had an influence on the design of the Soviet interceptors.
A total of 158 A-5 Vigilante aircraft of all types were produced.
RC A-5 Vigilante
Immediately above is a photo of the great looking scratch built RC A-5 Vigilante by Harold Ferguson. The radio control airplane has a wingspan of 47 in. and a length of 66 in. Scale oleo struts and a knee type nose gear strut add to the scale appearance of the RC airplane. Harold’s A-5 Vigilante is powered by a Wren MW 54 turbine.
The Flying Models RC A-5 Vigilante is designed by Phil Nuckles and features fiberglass and foam construction. Wingspan is 63 in. and length is 87 in. Suggested power is a single Byro-jet fan powered by an O.S. .91 engine.
Mark Frankel has plans for the RC A-5 Vigilant. The plans are no. 902 available from RC Modeler magazine. It has a 66 in. wingspan. Construction materials are balsa, ply, fiberglass and foam core for the wings.