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falcon012
06-13-2015, 10:42 PM
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Designed originally as a carrier based, nuclear bomber, the RA-5C Vigilante really came into its own as a reconnaissance aircraft. The Vigilante was a very fast aircraft with top speed in excess of Mach 2.0. During the Vietnam War, the RA-5C performed the role of tactical reconnaissance. Vigilantes would photograph the target before and after a strike. Usually escorted by F-4 Phantom II fighters, the Vigi's only defense was it's speed. The escorting fighters sometimes had a hard time keeping pace with a Vigilante on the move. This print depicts the RA-5C Vigilante at the start of a reconnaissance flight "Going In Fast".

gollum
06-14-2015, 07:11 AM
Very nice Mark :thumbsup:

I think this was the Largest and heaviest carrier bourne aircraft ever to go into service

There was no way it could do cross opps with the RN as you could not get such a large aircraft on a British carrier

Trumper
06-14-2015, 11:29 AM
Another fantastic piece of work and a plane i knew nothing about :)

Shamrock15
06-14-2015, 12:34 PM
You have done justice to yet another of my faves.
@Gollum - I believe the A3 Skywarrior had claim for the largest to regularly fly off carriers. The all knowing Wikipedia seems to confirm it - A3 could go at 82K pounds compared to 62k for A5

Gray539
06-14-2015, 03:54 PM
Very nice piece of work, Mark. You've done it proud.

falcon012
06-14-2015, 04:57 PM
Thanks Len, Trumper, D'Arcy and Gray.

PaulsPaintPot
06-23-2015, 03:23 PM
From that angle it has a hint of tsr2. Beautiful study and the colours are gorgeous.

falcon012
07-04-2015, 01:50 AM
Thank you Paul.