An addition to the V-519 White Whale posts are these images of 156801. These are some scans of some older negatives that were not in the best shape of the V-519. These appear to be taken prior to the first flight. A couple of items of interest: the designation is still A-7E and most visibly the gold stripe is not painted on the vertical fin.
A nice image of the nose with the canopy open. VAHF Archives
Side view of the V-519 after being towed from the hangar. The gold fin stripe has not been added yet. VAHF Archive
Close up of the tail markings on 156801. VAHF Archives
A little better image of the aircraft with the A-7E designation painted on the fuselage above the Bureau number. VAHF Archives.
The White Whale, a fixture around the Vought plant for many, many years, was used in a number of test programs. Further posts will illustrate more of the different paint schemes carried by the aircraft over it's service life with Vought.