Historic British Fighter Jet
Along with the MiG-15, we have another highly successful fighter jet model available with a Western counterpart, the British de Havilland Vampire. The Vampire was operated by almost all Western countries, except for the US, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain. More than 3200 units of these military jet aircraft have been produced, many under license.
Versatile military aircraft
The de Havilland Vampire is a remarkably versatile military jet aircraft for its time. Initially only developed as an experimental aircraft during the Second World War, this twin-boom fighter jet was then mass-produced as an interceptor. Later on, it was developed into a fighter-bomber, a twin-seat night fighter, and there was a Navy variant, the Sea Vampire. As outlined before, the Vampire had been exported to a wide variety of different countries. The Vampire was deployed in combat during several conflicts: The Suez Crisis, the Malayan Emergency and the Rhodesian Bush War.
Technical Data Vampire
de Havilland Vampire – the British jet legend
- Service ceiling: 42,800 ft (13,045 m)
- Max. speed: 548 mph (882 km/h)
- Max. takeoff weight: 12,390 lb (5,620 kg)
- Wingspan: 38 ft (11.58 m)
- Length: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)
De Havilland Vampire
With its relatively simple airframe, the manually operated flight controls, without radar, the centrifugal-flow type engine and its mostly conventional technologies, it was called « the last unsophisticated single-engine front-line aircraft to serve with Britain’s Fighter Command ». It In 1948, the Vampire was the first jet aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. It also set many records, like an altitude record above 18km, it was also the first Royal Air Force aircraft to fly faster than 500mph.