North American RA-5C Vigilante

@ USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA

April 2014

While visiting San Diego for a recent wedding, I took the opportunity to visit two of their major aerospace attractions.  The USS Midway has a nice collection of Naval aircraft, giving me plenty of subjects to photograph.  This was the first time I had ever seen a Vigilante in person.  The North American A-5 Vigilante was originally a carrier-based supersonic nuclear strike bomber.  In a new tactical reconnaissance role, the RA-5C saw extensive service during the Vietnam War. First flown in 1958, they were phased out by 1979.

Nikon D7000, processing by Photomatix & Aperture.


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