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The North American RA-5C Vigilante

The Last and Most Advanced Aircraft Stationed at NAS Sanford

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, May 6, 2019
1. The North American RA-5C Vigilante Marker
Inscription.  The Vigilante rises on this site to preserve a time in our history when the City of Sanford’s indomitable sense of patriotism and community with Naval Aviation demonstrated the best of America’s heritage. May this place be long remembered as a monument to the remarkable human spirit demonstrated by the citizens of Sanford, and by the men and women of the U.S. Navy and their families.

The Vigilante was an extraordinarily advanced carrier aircraft. It was first developed and deployed in 1961 as a nuclear attack bomber. In 1964 it was introduced as the most effective multi-sensor tactical reconnaissance system ever made available to American forces. Some Vigilante Technology “Firsts” included:
•First Supersonic High/Low Altitude Carrier Aircraft
•First Production Fly-By-Wire Flight Control System
•First Deflector/Spoiler Flight Controls(no ailerons)
•First variable geometry horizontal ramp engine inlets
•First subsonic and supersonic escape/ejection system
•First digital navigational and bombing computer
•First production :”Heads-Up” cockpit display system
•First integrated
The North American RA-5C Vigilante Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, May 6, 2019
2. The North American RA-5C Vigilante Marker
Inertial Bombing/Navigation system
•First integrated Terrain Avoidance system
•First integrated electronic warfare system

Enduring Vigilante Legacies for America’s National Defense
Advanced technology and design for today’s aircraft
A lasting benchmark for multi-sensor tactical recon
Exceptional Government-Industry teamwork and management

RA-5C Vigilante Operational and Performance Data
Operationally, the Vigilante provided highly effective tactical reconnaissance, using a broad multi-sensor capability, in a typical operational mission. The Vigilante made a high speed, high or low altitude pass, using its varied sensors to gather continuous, full-spectrum electronic, infrared, side-locking Radar, and serial frame or panoramic camera data on the entire tactical area, the aircraft served worldwide, with extensive combat in Vietnam and remained operational through 1978.

Crew:
Pilot and Recon Attack Navigator (RAN)
Max Speed at Sea-Level (MPH) 808 (Mach 1 05)
Max Speed at 40,000 Ft. (MPH) 1,320 (Mach 2)
Service Ceiling (Ft) 49,000
Combat Radius (MI) 1,508

Engines:
Two J79-GE-10 Turbojets with afterburner-17.859 lbs thrust each.

Weights and Loading:
Average mission weight without fuel (lbs) 42,000
Max carrier takeoff
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By Brandon D Cross, May 6, 2019
3. RA-5C Vigilante
weight (lbs) 79,500
. Max Carrier landing weight (lbs) 50,000 at 160 MPH

Dimensions
Length (Ft) 76.5
Wingspan (Ft) 53.0
Height (Ft) 19.3

Displays in the Domestic Terminal Building are also part of
The NAS Sanford Memorial – They provide additional
Historic Vigilante information


 
Location. 28° 45.888′ N, 81° 14.257′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Memorial can be reached from Red Cleveland Boulevard 0.1 miles south of Marquette Avenue. located within NAS Sanford Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Red Cleveland Boulevard, Sanford FL 32773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. RVAH 12 Speartips (a few steps from this marker); Naval Air Station - Sanford (a few steps from this marker); NAS Sanford/City of Sanford (a few steps from this marker); Ramey Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Reid 1836 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Reid (approx. 2.4 miles away); Georgetown (approx. 3 miles away); Dr. Seth French (1824~1896) (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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