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Started by William L Wilkerson. Last reply by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski Apr 9, 2012.
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.
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'
Happy July 4th everyone. Enjoy the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness (while they last)!
Thank you for posting those. That's really something. Hope you are well.
Info on Millington Tn. Seems it is still going strong. http://www.military.com/base-guide/naval-support-activity-mid-south
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.
156641 on the USS Midway in San Diego.
Thank you, William.
You can't stump the ol' Internet. Here's the life of this plane:
*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.
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.
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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