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RA-5C Vigilante 150839



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Discover the transformative journey of the North American RA-5C Vigilante, originally designed as the carrier-based A-5 supersonic bomber, and later redesigned as a reconnaissance aircraft that played a pivotal role during the Vietnam War. The legacy of BuNo 150839 continues as RA-5C Vigilante PlaneTags.

Read more about it on our blog: RA-5C Vigilante: The Transformation From Bomber to Spy


Bureau Number (BuNo) 150839 was delivered to the U.S. Navy in February 1964 and actively served until 1970. Throughout its service life, it was assigned to various units such as VAH-3 Heavy Attack Squadron Three, RVAH-11 Reconnaissance Attack Heavy, RVAH-1, RVAH-3, and RVAH-13. This aircraft also saw duty aboard several aircraft carriers, including the USS Ranger, USS America, USS Enterprise, USS Forrestal, and USS Saratoga.

The RA-5C was equipped with a "canoe" under its fuselage, containing advanced reconnaissance gear like SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Radar), various photo cameras, and infrared and low-light sensors, along with passive electronic countermeasures for intercepting data from enemy radar and radio networks. Introduced to Southeast Asia in 1964, the RA-5C quickly proved invaluable, mapping the entirety of Vietnam in under two weeks.

Secure a piece of aviation history with your own RA-5C Vigilante PlaneTag today – order now while supplies last!

RA-5C Vigilante BuNo 150839



  • Manufacturer: North American Aviation
  • Model: RA-5C
  • Buno: 150839
  • Crew: 2 (1 Pilot, 1 Reconnaissance Attack Navigator)
  • Wing Span: 53 ft 0 in
  • Length: 76 ft 6 in
  • Height: 19 ft 5 in


  • Combet Range: 974 mi
  • Top Speed: 1,146 Kts (Mach 2.0)
  • Ceiling: 52,100 ft
  • Empty Weight: 37,489 lb
  • Max Takeoff: 79,588 lb
  • Rate of Climb: 8,000 ft/min
  • Engine: 2x General Electric J79-GE-10 Turbojets


Perfect Aviation Gift

PlaneTags are: 

  • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
  • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
  • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.


*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    Steve M.
    United States United States

    Good item

    Metal quality is still good for display. Some of the WWII aircraft are not in as good condition. These later ones are very nice. Have the A4, A5 and F4 from this era. Neat little piece of history to display.

    A PlaneTags Customer
    Mike G.
    US US

    Crazy Variants!

    Cool. Rare. Colorful. Historic. And oh those variants! Once the feeding frenzy settled in less than five minutes, I managed to walk away with two of the special variants (Intake Red and 4A0045 Area) and two of the solids (Gray and Green). So much character and patina on these tags! Another home run release from PlaneTags!

    William C. Strutz DDS
    United States United States

    Heavy 3

    Rvah-3 was the RAG (Replacement Air Group). I was a RAN (Reconnaissance Attack Navigators at NAS Albany, GA. The aircraft was originally designed as a high altitude supersonic nuclear bomber. The delivery system never work well. The Navy was putting nukes into submarine. The Air Force wanted all airborne nuke. the Navy said they could have them. It was re-designed as a reconnaissance platform (4 serial frame cameras, multiple panoramic cameras, side looking radar, passive electronic warfare, and infra-red photography. Great inertial navigation system for its time. Unfortunately for me, we were doing FCLP's (Field Carrier Landing Practice) and one morning I was planning a flight with a friend and the Assistant Ops Officer came by and said the is a meeting at the CO's office at 9:00 AM we are to be there. So there were about 20 of us. He comes out and says the Wing has made a decision. They are reducing the number of aircraft per squadron from 5 to 4. We have too many slight crews. Your training is over, there is no appeal and it's not your fault. Call your detailer and find a place to go. We wound up in VAQ-33 at NAS Norfolk, VA. So, for better or for worse, my chances of combat over Viet Nam or Westpac went from about 65% to zero. The social life was a lot better in Norfolk/Virginia Beach but I missed on two items on my bucket list-a catapult shot of CVA and an arrested landing. I was caught up in the RIF of November 1971. My roommate augmented to the Regular Navy and stayed in. In October, 1972 he and two other officers were taking an A-3 from Norfolk to Pensacola-they had an emergency on take off. They couldn't make it back. A-3D (All Three Dead).

    Paul C.
    United States United States

    A Rare Bird Indeed!

    This tag is from a very rare airframe and one that you seldom hear about. MA has done it again and blindsided the industry with this release, one that nobody saw coming! The RED intake tag is my favorite of this release and will join my growing collection of red intake tags.

    United States United States

    RA-5C Vigilante

    I figured all the vigie aircraft were in the bone yard or static displays around the world. I was in Squadron RVAH-3 (training command) and RVAH-7 (The Peacemakers: paired pistols at NAS Key West,Fl 1977-1980. They were referred to as (Heavy’s) because of the size and weight. The RA5C and the A-3 aircraft used the launch bridle to be catapulted off the carrier. My squadron, heavy 7 aircraft are static displays in NAS Millington, TN, (611). NAS Cubi Pt, Phillipines, (610). A aviation museum in Southern California, (612). Thank you for saving this for all to own a part of history.