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North American A-5 Vigilante

List being compiled

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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
3rd June  1959   A-5 145158   Columbus, OH Hopkins    
17th March 1961
USN
A3J-1 Vigilante 146700 NAS Patuxent River  NAS Patuxent River, MD. Pilot Lcdr. Grimes  ejected safely   NAA HS-1A  Rocket Seat
28 Aug 1961     147855 NASWF Gugenbiller  Lt. Biehl    
27 Nov 1962     148928 RVAH‑6 Tokyo, Japan      
 Lodr. Canlpbe8, Lt. Cook  
9 Jan 1963   A-5 146694   Columbus, OH Burdick    
5th September 1963
USN
A-5 148930   RVAH‑3; Sanford      
Lovelace Adj A Kelsey  
5 May 1964       RVAH‑7
USS Enterprise
       
Lcdr. Chapdelame AE1 Stringer  
27 Sep 1964     147863 RVAH‑7
USS Enterprise
       

Lcdr. Tuttle

Ltjg. Sharp  
3 Sep 1965       RVAH‑5
USS America
       
Lcdr. Pippen  Ltjg. Olin  
16-Oct-65


USN

RA-5C 151615
AG 601
RVAH-A
USS Independence CVA-62, Air Wing CVW-7
North Vietnam lost at sea North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. J. F. Bell
POW
Lt. Cdr. J. L. Hutton
POW
15-Dec-65


USN

RA-5C 151633
NG 1??
RVAH-7
USS Enterprise CVAN-65, Air Wing CVW-9
South Vietnam lost at sea     North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. J. K. Sutor
rescued
1st ejection
see 6th Oct. 1966
Lt. (jg) G. B. Dresser
rescued
20-Dec-65


USN

RA-5C 151624
NH 604
RVAH-13
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
North Vietnam      
Lt. Cdr. Guy D. Johnson
MIA - ejection not confirmed
Lt. (jg) Lee E. Nordhal
KIA - ejection not confirmed
22-Dec-65


USN

RA-5C 151632
NH 603
RVAH-13
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. M. D. Lukenbach
KIA - ejection not confirmed
Lt. (jg) G. H. Daigle
POW
03-Feb-66


USN

RA-5C 151625
NH 605
RVAH-13
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
Downed by enemy fire off the NVN coast just south of Cape Bouton North Vietnam   North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. G. L. Coffee
POW
Lt. (jg) Robert Taft Hanson, Jr,
DIC
19-Aug-66


USN

RA-5C 149309
NL 703
RVAH-6
USS Constellation CVA-64, Air Wing CVW-15
AAA
North Vietnam
    North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. J. K. Thompson
rescued
Lt. (jg) G. L. Parten
rescued
Oct 6, 1966


USN

RA-5C
Flare 102. 
149288   "Mid-air collision with an A3D Tanker while bringing the tanker on our wing back to the USS Enterprise in the clag at night.   North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
John Sutor
2nd ejection
see 15th Dec. 1965
Peter C Carrothers

22nd October 1966


USN

RA-5C 150830

     RVAH-6
USS Constellation

Reported by some sources as ejecting at very low altitude and killed     North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat

Lt Cdr Thomas Carl Kolstad
KIA

Lt(jg) William Blue Klenert
KIA

12-Feb-67


USN

RA-5C 151623

 RVAH-7, USN, USS Enterprise

 
Hit over North Vietnam lost at sea     North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr C H Jarvis Lt(jg) P M Artlip
9th March 1967


USN

RA-5C 151627
NH 605
RVAH-13
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
lost at sea
    North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr. C. L. Putnam
ejected
KIA
Lt. (jg) F. S. Prendergast
captured, escaped,
rescued
19-May-67


USN

RA-5C 150826
NH 602
RVAH-13
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. J. L. Griffin
DIC
Lt. J. Walters
DIC
14-Jun-67


USN

RA-5C
Callsign DRAKE 201

149314
see above

photo via Barry Smith

NAS Sanford, Fla NAS Sanford, Fla     North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. Charlie Butler Ens. John Barry Smith
18th July, 1967
USN
RA-5C ??? USS Ranger touch and go landings. After re-fuel, a/c launched and failed to assume proper attitude
for climb-out.  Pilot ordered RAN to eject, intending to follow.
Upon RAN's ejection nose came up and climb-out occurred Crashed approx 70 miles off San Diego off
    North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
pilot
CDR C. C. Smith
USN
landed back on carrier
RAN
LTJG Ray D. Barnum
USNR
ejected
FEEDBACK


It was determined that an unusual design characteristic of the  Vigilante caused fuel to be stored in forward tank during  partial re-fuel, shifting center of gravity forward.  Loss of  the weight of the RAN and the ROCAT seat and canopy allowed  shift of center of gravity compatible with normal flight
attitude.   Aircraft diverted to San Diego and landed without  further incident.

Pilot was commended for coolness under pressure.  RAN's chute  opened a split-second prior to water entry.  Ship made unusually  tight turn to avoid RAN, helicopter pickup and delivery to  flight deck per SOP.

Ray Barnum
in email 30th August 2009
 

13-Aug-67


USN

RA-5C 151634
NK 125
RVAH-12 AAA
North Vietnam
North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. L. G. Hyatt
POW
Lt. (jg) W. K. Goodermote
POW
05-May-68


USN

RA-5C 149278
NG 102
RVAH-1
USS Enterprise CVAN-65, Air Wing CVW-9
AAA
North Vietnam
North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. G. R. Norrington
POW
Lt. R. G. Tangeman
POW
14 May 1968     147854 RVAH‑7
USS Independence
       
Cdr. Pritscher Lljg. Feldhaus  
18-May-68


USN

RA-5C 149283
NH 606
RVAH-11
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr. C. N. James
POW
Lt. Cdr. Vince D. Monroe
"He died somewhere between shootdown and Hanoi"
25-Nov-68


USN

RA-5C 149293
NK 123
RVAH-5 North Vietnam   North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr. E. A. Stamm
DIC
Lt. (jg) Richard Cobb Thum
KIA - ejection not confirmed
Jan 1970       RVAH‑7(CAW‑14) Clark AFB      
Cdr. Billings

Lljg. Beaver

 

5 May 1972

    147850 RVAH‑12 Albany, GA

 

   
Cdr. Boke Ltjg. Hawken  
07-May-72


USN

RA-5C 151618
NH 604
RVAH-7
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr. C. R. Polfer
POW
Lt. (jg) Joe E.  Kernan
POW
07-Jun-72


USN

RA-5C 156616
AC601
RVAH-I
USS Saratoga CV-60, Air Wing CVW-3
SAM
North Vietnam lost at sea.
over Haiphong, NVN
    North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. C. H. Smith
rescued
picked up by helos from HC-7
Lt. L. G. Kurtz
rescued
picked up by helos from HC-7
28-Dec-72


USN

RA-5C 156633
NK 603
RVAH-13
USS Enterprise CVAN-65, Air Wing CVW-14
North Vietnam lost at sea
MiG's AAM
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. A. H. Agnew
POW
Lt. Michael Firestone Haifley
KIA - ejection not confirmed
23rd July 1973
USN
RA-5C Vigilante BuNo 156637 “Flight Test, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD”  The aircraft crashed into the Chesapeake Bay 6 miles southeast of the base.  Frederick (Rick) Hauck North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat

 

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 

 LOSS NOTES STILL TO INCORPORATE INTO LISTS

W280   40048 Lost at sea LISS Ranger RVAH‑3; Lcdr. Woolf, 9 Sep 19BB

   Ltjg. Kirby

9285   45IC45 Ejection USS America RVAH‑5; Lcdr. Mayor, 21 May 1966

   Lt)g. Waggoner

 9287   47/059 Ejection at Albany, GA; Cdr. Samos, Ltjg. Homick 19 Jun 1969

 9286   48/085 Election LISS Enterprise RVAH‑7; Lt. Sutor, 6 Oct 1968

   Ltjg. Carrothere

1292   52 Ejection at Sanford. FL RVAH‑3; Lcdr. Moore, 8 Sep 1964

   L%. Haney

1298   56IC77 Ejection et sea Key West, FL RVAH‑3; Lt. Carson, 5 Mar 1974

   Ledr. Comstock

149308  88 Ejection at Sanford, FL RVAH‑9; Lcdr. Smith, 14 Nov 1964

  Adjc. Carolyers

149314  74 Ejection at Sanfrod, FL RVAH‑3; Lcdr. Butler, 14 Jun 1967

  Eris. Smith

149315  75 Ejection at Sanford, FL RVAH3; Lodr. Scruggs 3 Oct 1967

149318  76 Ejection LISS Feral RVAH‑13; Lt. Jenkins, 2 Feb 1970

  Lt. Standridge

150625  3 Ejection LISS Forrestal RVAH‑13; Cdr. Barnes, 23 Jan 1970

  Lljg. Wolfe

150826  4 Combat loss LISS Kitty Hawk RVAH‑13; Cdr. Grfffen, 19 May 1967

  Welters

150827  5 Ejection at Sanford, FL RVAH‑3; Cdr. Mdaln, 15 Dec 1965

  Lt. Morgan

150828  8 Ejection LISS Saratoga RVAH‑1; Ledr. William. 20 Sep 1964

  Lt. Heisten

160833  11 Ejection LISS Kennedy RVAH‑14; Lodr. Reed, 9 Sep 1969

  Lt. Marechal

150835  13 Ejection LISS America RVAH‑5; Lt. Pirrotte, 17 Oil 1965

  Ens. McClure

150836  14 Ejection LISS America RVAH‑5; Lcdr. Pippan, to Oct 1965

  Lljg. 008

150842  20 Combat loss LISS Enterprise RVAH‑8; Cdr. While, 31 Mar 1969

  Lt. Carpenter

151615  21 Combat loss RVAH‑1; Lcdr. Bell, Lodr. Hutton 20 Oct 1965

151616  22 Ejection Sanford, FL RVAH‑1; Lcdr. Bell, 3 Sap 1964

  Amhc. Pemberton

151617  23 Ejection LISS Kennedy RVAH‑14; Cdr. Williams, 6 Aug 1970

  Lt. Faebeck

151818  24 Combat loss RVAH‑7; Cdr. Polfer, Ltjg. Kaman 7 May 1972

151819  25 Lost at sea LISS Independence RVAH‑1; Cdr. Matule, 20 Jul 1965

  Lt. Gronquial

161820  28 Ejection at Albany, GA RVAH‑12; Cdr. Huber 5 Mar 1970

151821  27 Ejection at Sanford, Fl RVAH‑13; Cdr. Notts, 23 Dec 1964

  Ltjg. Stokes

151623  28 Combat loss LISS Enterprise RVAH‑7; Cdr. Jarvis, 12 Feb 1967

  Ltjg. Artzlip

151624  30 Combat loss RVAH‑13; Lcdr. Johnson, Lcdr. Iordahl 20 Doc 1965

151825  31 Combat loss USS K1tty Hawk RVAH‑13; Lt. Coffee, 3 Feb 1968

  Ltig. Hanson

151827     33 Combat Jose USS Kitty Hawk RVAH•13; Cdr. Putnam, 9 Mar 1967

   Ltjp. Pendergast

151830     38 Ejection at Naples, FL RVAH‑3; Lodr. McKay. 13 Aug 1974

   Lt. Stevens

151831     37 Ejection LISS John F. Kennedy RVAH‑14; Lcdr. Bright, 19 Feb 1969

   Lijp. Elks

 151832   38 Combat loss LISS KHty Hawk RVAH‑13; 22 Doc 1965

   Lodr. Lukenbach, Lodr. Daigel

151833     39 Combat loss USS Enterprise RVAH‑7; Lt. Sulor, 18 Doc 1965

   Ltjg. Dresser

 151834   40 Combat toes USS Gwtstellarlon RVAH‑12; Lcdr. Hyatt, 13 Aug 1967

   Ltig. Goodermote

151728   43 Ejection at Miami. FL RVAH‑3; Lcdr. Sledge, 8 Doc 1967

   Ltjg. Lowne

 158808   87 Static D'roplay at NAS Memphis, TN 20 Nov 1979

 156809   68 Ejection LISS Conatailation RVAH‑12; Lodr. Fowler. 21 Apr 1973

   Lt/g. Dipadova

 

 

158811   90 Lost at see USS k>de~ RVAH‑11; Lodr. Karr. 22 Jul 1970

   Lcdr. Pullinger

158814   93 Ejection USS Forrestal RVAH‑8; Lt. Rutledge, 11 July 1974

   Ltjg Parr

158818   95 Combat loss USS Saratoga RVAH‑1; Lodr. Smth, 7 Jun 1972

   Lt. Kunz

158819   98 Ejection at Albany, GA RVAH3; Lodr. Watt. 12 Jan

  Lodr. Criswell

158823   102 Lost at sea LISS Saratoga RVAH‑11; Cdr. Hogan, 2 Feb

  Lodr. MuBholland

158829   108 Ejection USS Ranger RVAH‑1; Lodr. Renner, 27 Sep

  Lt. Joseph

158830   109 Ejection at Albany. GA RVAH‑1; Lt. Pigeon. Lt. Bixler 1 Mar

156633   112 Combat IOas USS Enterprise RVAH‑13; Lodr. Agnew, 28 Doc

  Lt. Hai9ey

158834   113 Lost at sea USS Enterprise RVAH‑5; Cdr. Everett, 17 Oct

  Lodr. Stokes

158837   118 Ejection at Patuxent River, MD; Ledr. Hauck 23 Jul

 

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148932 AA-60? RVAH11 Checkertails Forrestal CVW17 29/07/67 Fire on Forrestal
149278 NG-102 RVAH1 Tigers Enterprise CVW9 05/05/68 Combat
149282 AA-60? RVAH11 Checkertails Forrestal CVW17 29/07/67 Fire on Forrestal
149283 NH-606 RVAH11 Checkertails Kitty Hawk CVW11 18/05/68 Combat
149293 NK-123 RVAH5 Savage Sons Constellation CVW14 25/11/68 Combat
149302 NK-12? RVAH12 Speartips Constellation CVW14 17/08/67 Operational
149305 AA-60? RVAH11 Checkertails Forrestal CVW17 29/07/67 Fire on Forrestal
149306 NG-10? RVAH5 Savage Sons Ranger CVW9 09/12/64 Operational
149309 NL-703 RVAH6 Fleurs Constellation CVW15 19/08/66 Combat
149312 AC-9?? RVAH9 Hoot Owls Ranger CVW14 16/01/66 Operational
150826 NH-602 RVAH13 Bats Kitty Hawk CVW11 19/05/67 Combat
150830 NL-705 RVAH6 Fleurs Constellation CVW15 22/10/66 Combat
150842 NG-604 RVAH6 Fleurs Enterprise CVW9 13/03/69 Combat
151615 AG-601 RVAH1 Tigers Independence CVW7 16/10/65 Combat
151618 NH-604 RVAH7 Peacemakers of the Fleet Kitty Hawk CVW11 07/05/72
Combat
151619 AG-60? RVAH1 Tigers Independence CVW7 20/07/65 Operational
151623 NG-105 RVAH7 Peacemakers of the Fleet Enterprise CVW9 12/02/67 Combat
151624 NH-604 RVAH13 Bats Kitty Hawk CVW11 20/12/65 Combat
151625 NH-605 RVAH13 Bats Kitty Hawk CVW11 03/02/66 Combat
151627 NH-605 RVAH13 Bats Kitty Hawk CVW11 09/03/67 Combat
151632 NH-603 RVAH13 Bats Kitty Hawk CVW11 22/12/65 Combat
151633 NG-1?? RVAH7 Peacemakers of the Fleet Enterprise CVW9 15/12/65 Combat
151634 NK-125 RVAH12 Speartips Constellation CVW14 13/08/67 Combat
156616 AC-601 RVAH1 Tigers Saratoga CVW3 07/06/72 Combat
156633 NK-603 RVAH13 Bats Enterprise CVW14 28/12/72 Combat
156634 NK-60? RVAH5 Savage Sons Enterprise CVW14 17/10/71 Operational

148932 29/7/67 fire on CVA‑59

 

149277 5/5/68 over North Vietnam

 

149283 18/5/68 North Vietnam

 

149284 29/7/67 fire on CVA‑59

 

149293 25/11/68 North Vietnam

 

149302 17/8/67 lost at sea

.

149305 29/7/67 fire on CVA‑59

 

149306 9/12/64

 

149309 19/8/66 hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

149312 16/1/66

 

150826 19/5/67 North Vietnam

 

150830 22/10/66 North Vietnam

 

150842 31/3/68 Laos

 

151615 16/10/65 lost at sea.

 

151618 7/5/72 North Vietnam

 

151619 20/7/65

 

151623 12/2/67 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

151624 20/12/65 North Vietnam

 

151625 3/2/66 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

151627 9/3/67 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

151630 13/8/74 off Florida coast.

 

151632 22/12/65 North Vietnam

 

151633 15/12/65 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea

 

151634 13/8/67 North Vietnam

 

156616 7/6/72 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

156633 28/12/72 Hit North Vietnam lost at sea.

 

156634 17/10/71.

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK

Thanks to ejectees

Jim Bell

Peter C Carrothers

G. L. Coffee

J. L. Hutton

John Barry Smith 

Lt. Cdr. C. H. Smith

 

Also thanks to the following

Dora Bell - for details of Lt. Cdr. J. L. Griffin

Todd Merrill for additional notes on RA-5C squadrons

   Mark Huber - son of J. Huber Jr. Commanding Officer of RVAH-12 in Albany, GA

   Dana White

   Charles Thornton AD1 USNR (Ret.)

 

 
in email 18th March 2006

 

Hi:

I was the pilot who ejected from RA-5C Vigilante BuNo 156637 on July 23, 1973, while based at NAS Patuxent River, MD.  You can read a bit about in the attached article that was published in the June/July 2003 Smithsonian Air & Space magazine. The photo shows me presenting a bottle of whiskey to the Petty Officer Second Class who had pre-flighted the ejection seat (also seen in the photo).

 Frederick (Rick) Hauck