Aircraft | De Havilland Vampire

 

De Havilland Vampire F.1 (VF301) at Midland Air Museum - Click for Full Image

The oldest surviving Vampire can be found at the Midland Air Museum. De Havilland Vampire F.1 (VF301) served with 226 OCU; 595 and 631 Squadrons; No. 103 Flying Refresher School and No. 208 Advanced Flying School. Following an accident in 1953, it's operational duties ended and it was displayed as a gate guard at Debden until being bought by the Midland Air Museum in 1973. It is displayed in the colours of 605 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

(Picture March 2003)


 

De Havilland Vampire FB.6 (J-1008) at the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney - Click for Full Image

De Havilland Vampire FB.6 (J-1008) at the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at Salisbury Hall, London Colney. This aircraft was built at Hatfield, Hertfordshire in 1949 for the Swiss Air Force.  This low-level ground attack version of the Vampire served for a variety of Swiss Squadrons and ended it's operational career as an advanced trainer. Donated by the Swiss Air Force to the De Havilland Museum it flew back to Hatfield in August 1974 and was transported to Salisbury Hall by road.

(Picture April 2003)


 

Airworthy De Havilland Vampire T55 ('XJ771') at the Classic Airshow, Coventry where it was displayed with a Meteor NF.11. This aircraft is based at Bournemouth.

(Picture May 2003)


 

De Havilland Vampire T11 (XJ722) at the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney - Click for Full Image

De Havilland Vampire T11 (XJ722) at the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney. This aircraft was built in 1952 at Christchurch as a T.55 for the Norwegian Air Force. Given back to the RAF as a gift in 1955 it was converted to a T.11 and served with both No.8 FTS (Flying Training School) and 1 FTS before serving with CATCS (Central Air Traffic Control School) at Shawbury. Retiring from the RAF in 1970 it was bought by Brooklands College. Donated to the Museum, it arrived in March 1994. It has been restored to the colours it wore during its time at Shawbury with CATCS. I have been fortunate to sit in the cockpit of this aircraft - a great experience and it brought it home that there is certainly not all that much room!!

(Picture April 2003)


  

De Havilland Vampire T11 (XD593) arrived at the Newark Air Museum - Click for Full Image

De Havilland Vampire T11 (XD593) arrived at the Newark Air Museum is in immaculate condition. During its operational career this aircraft served with 4 FTS at Worksop, 5 FTS at Oakington and the Central Flying School at RAF Little Rissington. This aircraft arrived at the Museum in early 1973.

(Picture January 2003)


 

De Havilland VampireT11 (WZ590) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

De Havilland VampireT11 (WZ590) arrived at Duxford in 1973. This aircraft was delivered to RAF Leeming in 1953. It then served with No.5 FTS at RAF Oakington from 1959 to 1962. It later served with No.8 FTS at Swinderby, Lincolnshire in 1962 and is displayed in these colours. It was donated to the Imperial War Museum in 1973.

(Picture August 2002)


 

De Havilland Vampire T.11 (XK590) at Wellesbourne Wartime Museum - Click for Full Image

The De Havilland Vampire T.11 (XK590) at Wellesbourne Wartime Museum is in good condition.

 

(Picture August 2002)


De Havilland Vampire T.11 (XE935) at the South Yorkshire Air Museum (AeroVenture) - Click for Full Image

The De Havilland Vampire T.11 (XE935) at the South Yorkshire Air Museum (AeroVenture). This aircraft initially served with No.8 Flying Training School. It  was previously part of the collection of Nene Valley Aviation Society.

 

(Picture June 2003)


 

Vampire T11 at Cockpit Fest 2003 - Click for Full Image

This immaculate De Havilland Vampire T.11 cockpit was on show at Cockpit Fest 2003 at Newark Air Museum.

 

(Picture June 2003)

 

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