Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The North American RA-5C Vigilante
The Last and Most Advanced Aircraft Stationed at NAS Sanford
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 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.
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
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
. Max Carrier landing weight (lbs) 50,000 at 160 MPH
Length (Ft) 76.5
Wingspan (Ft) 53.0
Height (Ft) 19.3
The NAS Sanford Memorial – They provide additional
Historic Vigilante information
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, Vietnam.
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); U.S. Navy Enlisted Bombardier / Navigator (a few steps from this marker); Ramey Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Midway/Canaan City (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Reid 1836 (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
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