NORTH AMERICAN A3J VIGILANTE

VIGILANTE SERVICE

Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc., Inglewood, California, USA
(In 1967, became North American Rockwell Corp., El Segundo, California, USA)
Models: NA-247, NA-263, NA-269, NA-279, NA-283, NA-296, NA-316
Designations: A3J; A-5
Name: Vigilante
First official flight: (XA3J-1) 31/08/1958
Factory production period: 1957 - 1970
Primary service period: 1961 - 1974
Last official flight: (RA-5C) 20/11/1979

VIGILANTE VARIANTS

1958 NA-247 YA3J-1 2  
1960 NA-247/-263/-269 A3J-1 57 Total: 059
         
1962 NA-269 A3J-2 18  
1962 NA-279/-283/-316 A3J-3P 79 Total: 097

Grand Total: 156

VIGILANTE PRODUCTION

YA3J-1
Prototype twin engined naval
nuclear strike aircraft.
Original designation was XA3J-1.
Redesignated as YA-5A in 1962.
Produced 1957 - 1958

North American Columbus, Ohio (J)

BuNo.145157, 145158 247-1, 2

Total: 002

A3J-1
As YA3J-1, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Redesignated as A-5A in 1962.
Produced 1959 - 1963

North American Columbus, Ohio (J)

BuNo.146694 / 146702 247-3 / 11  
BuNo.147850 / 147863 263-1 / 14  
BuNo.148924 / 148933 269-1 / 10  
BuNo.149276 / 149299 269-11 / 34 Total: 057
6 additional airframes cancelled.

A3J-2
As A3J-1, redesigned fuselage,
various improvements.
2 delivered as A3J-2 (A-5B), later to RA-5C.
4 delivered as YA-5C, later to RA-5C.
12 delivered as RA-5C.
Produced 1961 - 1962

North American Columbus, Ohio (J)

BuNo.149300 / 149317 269-35 / 52

Total: 018

A3J-3P
As A3J-2, photo reconn. version,
later aircraft had engine upgrade.
Redesignated as RA-5C in 1962.
Produced 1962 - 1970

North American Columbus, Ohio (J)

BuNo.150823 / 150842 279-1 / 20  
BuNo.151615 / 151634 283-21 / 40  
BuNo.151726 / 151728 283-41 / 43  
BuNo.156608 / 156643 316-1 / 36 Total: 079
18 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 156

VIGILANTE CONVERSIONS

US Navy

RA-5C

43

NA-296
1 YA-5A / 42 A-5A, 1964-1979, upgrades to RA-5C reconnaissance
standard. 27 assigned new NAA c/n: 296-44 / 70.

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