Hobby Master 1/72 HA4704 RA-5C Vigilante 156642, USS Independence, 1970s

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Hobby Master 1/72 HA4704 RA-5C Vigilante 156642, USS Independence, 1970s

Die-cast metal.

Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.

Pre-painted with pad applied markings.

Fully assembled.

Comes with crew figure

Display stand included.

Option to display model with wheels up or down.

Minimum use of plastic


The North American A3J Vigilante first flew on August 31, 1958 and was in service until 
November 1979. Originally designed as a Mach 2 all-weather bomber; the aircraft eventually had 
a new role of high-speed reconnaissance. In 1962 the Vigilante received new designators, the 
original A3J-1 became the A-5A, A3J-2 became A-5B while the reconnaissance version A3J-3P 
became the RA-5C and first flew June 30, 1962. The Vigilante was the largest and fastest aircraft 
to operate from an aircraft carrier. The RA-5C was heavily used in the Vietnam War.


Because of an early 1960s USN mission change the A-5 Vigilante production was halted and the 
high speed reconnaissance RA-5C variant was begun. The first RA-5Cs Vigilante was delivered 
in 1963. North American RA-5C 156642 was delivered to the USN in 1970 and assigned to
RVAH-3. Over the next decade the aircraft served with five squadrons and a couple of them 
twice. In 1979 the aircraft was struck off charge and sent to the USN Weapons Center at
China Lake, California and a year later salvaged.


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