The Vigilante, or “Vigi”, was a great airplane to fly aboard ship (or anywhere) because it felt solid; like “being on rails”.

Because as the “recce” version of the A-5A (the original attack version) it was heavier but with the same engines, so it was a little under powered, and required closer attention to the carrier approach.

I never let it get low on the approach “glide slope” because it was slower to react to the application of more power, and you could be in the “spud locker” in a blink.