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Started by William L Wilkerson. Last reply by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski Apr 9, 2012.

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Comment by Rick Adams on May 30, 2015 at 8:43am

Info on Millington Tn.   Seems it is still going strong.   http://www.military.com/base-guide/naval-support-activity-mid-south

Comment by Bob Vehorn on May 30, 2015 at 12:12am

Millington is the small town north of Memphis where the base is actually located.  I went there after boot camp for AT A-school in the mid-80's.  That Vigilante was on display there at the time.  

Comment by Bob Vehorn on May 29, 2015 at 11:55pm

156641 on the USS Midway in San Diego.

Comment by Andy Shupe on May 29, 2015 at 11:42pm

Thank you, William.

You can't stump the ol' Internet. Here's the life of this plane:

RA-5C 156608 

*5/1969: Delivered to the US Navy. 
*1969: RVAH-3. 
*1971: RVAH-9. 
*1972: RVAH-13 as "NK-601". 
*1972: RVAH-13 as "NK-124". 
*1973: RVAH-6. 
*1974: RVAH-1. 
*1975: RVAH-5. 
*1977: RVAH-3 as "xx-304". 
*1978-79: RVAH-7 as “NE-610”. 
*11/20/1979: Made the last Vigilante flight ever. 
*Currently preserved as a gate guard at Naval Support Center Memphis, TN.

Comment by William L Wilkerson on May 29, 2015 at 11:21pm

RA-5C%20Vigilante_North%20American%20-%20RVAH-7.jpgThere's an RA-5C on display at the National Naval Aie Museum in Pensecola, FL.  If interested.

Comment by Andy Shupe on May 28, 2015 at 10:06pm


I guess it's called Millington now, not Memphis anymore. Thanks Rick. I'd love to take Dad to see it since he's in Kentucky. He came for a visit and we went to the Arkansas Air and Military Museum here in Fayetteville, Ark., where I live and he got to see an A-4 and an A-7 that are on static display here, both of which he worked around. He enjoyed them, but I'd love to give him a chance to see an RA-5C again.

Comment by Rick Adams on May 28, 2015 at 7:53pm

On display in Memphis or at NAS Millington?  I would have thought that they would have closed that place long ago.  Nice shot tho-.  I was on that cruise.

Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Andy Shupe on May 28, 2015 at 3:58pm

Thought I'd post this here for your enjoyment. I bought this from a collector in Australia and plan to give a print of it to my father, Edward Shupe, for Father's Day. From what I can tell, this is either before or after Dad's cruise from Sept. 1972 to June 1973 on the Enterprise. If I'm not mistaken, NK601 was Chumley's plane and from the serial number, this was one of the last Vigilantes to fly. It's on display now in Memphis. Anyone have any better information than that? I'd love to learn more about it. Dad took a lot of black and white photos, but no color so this was neat to see.

Comment by William L Wilkerson on May 7, 2015 at 12:07am

Mr Bertrand!  Thanks for the back slap BOSS!

Comment by Richard E. Bertrand (Dick) on May 6, 2015 at 9:40pm

I was privileged to be the SATE shop division officer on the USS America in 1968.  We had a remarkable tour and I credited it entirely to Petty Officer First Class Wilkerson for his truly professional performance as the Leading Petty Officer and Shop Supervisor and the truly talented staff of technicians working with him!  It was my first assignment as a newly selected Warrant Officer, and I'll always remember how important each man in the division was and how important Petty Officer Wilkerson was during the challenging times we faced and for the overall success we enjoyed while supporting RVAH-13 aircrews during that deployment. 


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