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Post WW2: de Havilland DH-115 Vampire

The prototype Vampire first flew in 1943, but the type didn't reach RAF operational squadrons until 1946, after the end of the Second World War. A total of 58 Vampires were operated by the RNZAF between 1951 and 1972, and it was that services first operational jet aircraft.

 

Vampire
Photo Copyright © 2001 Craig P. Justo (AeroAspects)

During the 1940's, Vampires achieved some notable firsts - the first crossing of the Atlantic by jet fighters, altitude records, and the first jet aircraft landing on an aircraft carrier.

Over 4300 Vampires were built. Flown by many countries in both the single seat fighter and the twin seat trainer variant shown above, the Swiss Air Force only retired its Vampires in 1990.

This aircraft is one of the ex-Swiss machines, and is one of two Vampires operational in New Zealand.

 

 

 


Large scale radio controlled model Vampre DH.100.

 

 


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