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    Promotional Model, North American Aviation, A3J-3 Vigilante, 15.5" long, plastic, with Lucite base. The base is marked with the North American Aviation name, company logo, Columbus, Ohio, and the designation for the aircraft. There is minor paint loss and surface scratches, else very good.
    The North American A-5 Vigilante was a powerful, highly advanced carrier-based supersonic bomber designed for the United States Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike role to replace the A-3 SkyWarrior was very short. It was redesignated as the RA-5C with the unification of the Navy designation sequence with the Air Force sequence in 1962. It saw extensive service during the Vietnam War in a reconnaissance role.

    Despite the Vigilante's useful service, it was expensive and complex to operate and occupied significant amounts of precious flight deck and hangar deck space aboard both conventional and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. With the end of the Vietnam War, disestablishment of RVAH squadrons began in 1974, with the last Vigilante squadron, RVAH-7, completing their final deployment to the Western Pacific in 1979. The Vigilante was built at North American Aviation's facility at Port Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ohio.


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    March, 2008
    25th-26th Tuesday-Wednesday
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