De Havilland Vampire

United Kingdoms 2nd combat jet after the Gloster Meteor. A great little fighter, but once the Mig-15 appeared in the Warsaw Pact airforces, it became out classed.

It did serve well in the Fighter Bomber role and also as an advanced jet trainer.

History

Design work started in mid 1942, with the first prototype flying in September 1943.

The Vampire Mk1 entered service with the RAF in 1946, originally as an interceptor.

It continued in service with the RAF in various versions until 1955.

A Naval version was also produced and used by the Fleet Air Arm, the “Sea Vampire F.20” serving with 700, 702 and 787 squadrons.

RAF vampires never saw air to air combat, however they were used in the ground attack role against rebels in Malaya during the 1960’s.

Versions

de Havilland Vampire F.MK.1

Speed Weight Span Length
540mph (max) 6,372lb (empty), 10,298lb (max) 40ft 30ft 9in

de Havilland Vampire F.MK.3

Speed Weight Span Length
531mph (max) 7,134lb (empty), 11,970lb (max) 40ft 30ft 9in

de Havilland Vampire FB.MK.5

Speed Weight Span Length
535mph (max) 7,253lb (empty), 12,360lb (max) 38ft 30ft 9in

de Havilland Vampire FB.MK.6/FB.MK.52

Speed Weight Span Length
548mph (max) 7,283lb (empty), 12,390lb (max) 38ft 30ft 9in

de Havilland Vampire FB.MK.9

Speed Weight Span Length
548mph (max) 7,283lb (empty), 12,390lb (max) 38ft 30ft 9in

de Havilland Vampire NF.MK.10

Speed Weight Span Length
538mph (max) 6,984lb (empty), 11,350lb (max) 38ft 34ft 7in

de Havilland Vampire T.MK.11

Speed Weight Span Length
538mph (max) 7,380lb (empty), 11,150lb (max) 38ft 34ft 7in

de Havilland Vampire F.MK.20/T.MK.22

Speed Weight Span Length
526mph (max) 7,263lb (empty), 12,660lb (max) 38ft 30ft 9in

Users

Country Service Model Dates
Austria Airforce T.MK.11, T.MK.55 1956 to 1972?
Australia RAAF F.MK.30, F.MK.31, T.MK.33, T.MK.35 1949 to 1970
Australia RAN FAA T.MK.34, T.MK34A 1954 to 1970
Burma Airforce T.MK.55 1954 to ?
Canada RCAF F.MK.3 1948 to 1958
Chile Airforce T.MK.55, Sea Vampire T.MK.22, T.MK.11 1954 to 1980
Dominican Republic Aviacion Militair Dominicana F.MK.1, FB.MK.50 1955 to 1974
Egypt Airforce FB.MK.52, T.MK.55 1949 to 1960s?
Finland Airforce FB.MK.52, T.MK.55 1953 to 1965
France Armee de l’Air F.MK.1, FB.MK.5, Mistral FB.MK.51 1948 to 1960s (mid)?
France Aeronavale F.MK.1, FB.MK.5, Mistral 1948 to ?
India Airforce FB.MK.52, T.MK.55, NF.MK.54 1949 to 1963
Indonesia Airforce T.MK.55 1955 to 1958
Iraq Royal Iraqi Airforce FB.MK.52, T.MK.55 1953 to 1960s
Ireland Irish Air Corps T.MK.55 1956 to 1975
Italy Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) FB.MK.5, FB.MK.52, NF.MK.54 1949 to 1960
Jordan Royal Jordanian Airforce FB.MK.9, T.MK.11, FB.MK.52 1955 to 1972
Lebanon Lebanese Airforce FB.MK.52, T.MK.55, FB.MK.5, FB.MK.9 1953 to 1974
Mexico Fuerza Aerea Mexicana F.MK.3, T.MK.11 1960 to 1970
New Zealand RNZAF FB.MK.5, FB.MK.52, FB.MK.9, T.MK.55, T.MK.11 1950 to 1972
Norway Royal Norwegian Airforce (RNoAF) F.MK.3, FB.MK.52, T.MK.11 1948 to 1957
Portugal Airforce T.MK.55 1952 to 1961
Rhodesia Royal Rhodesian Airforce (RRAF) FB.MK.9, FB.MK.52, T.MK.55, T.MK.11 1953 to 1986
South Africa South African Airforce (SAAF) FB.MK.5, FB.MK.52, T.MK.55, FB.MK.9 1949 to 1985
Sweden Royal Sweedish Airforce (RSwedAF) F.MK.1, FB.MK.50, T,MK.55 1949 to 1968
Switzerland Airforce F.MK.1, FB.MK.6, T.MK.11, T.MK.55 1946 to 1990
United Kingdom RAF F.MK.1, F.MK.3, FB.MK.5, FB.MK.9, T.MK.11, NF.MK.10 1946 to 1962 (T11)
United Kingdom RN FAA F.MK.20, T.MK.22 1947 to 1957 (T11)
Venezuela Airforce FB.MK.5, T.MK.55 1949 to 1972

Sources etc.

Books

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YouTube

de Havilland Vampire – first look