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

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Comment by John Eckel on September 11, 2015 at 4:02pm

I remember 601 from the 71-71 westpac cruise on the Enterpise.  The tail markings shown in the picture are NK and should be from the Enterprise.  I did a lot of work on the engines of that plane.  I agree with Mr. Drew, I grew up a lot on that westpac with Heavy 13.  Good memories.

John Eckel

Comment by Frederick Drew on September 11, 2015 at 2:06pm

RVAH-13 is where I came as an 18 year old kid and became a man after a couple of trips to the Gulf of Tonkin.

Now I have completed 26 years with U.S. Customs and worked a little as an accountant in the international trade area. I like retirement best - even though I lost both my legs to a long ago infection. I'm 70 now and just like livin'

Fred Drew

Comment by Rick Adams on July 4, 2015 at 12:52pm

Happy July 4th everyone.  Enjoy the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness (while they last)!

Comment by Andy Shupe on May 30, 2015 at 2:31pm


Thank you for posting those. That's really something. Hope you are well.

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.


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