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deHavilland Vampire

deHavilland Vampire

Engines
1 × Rolls-Royce Nene 2-VH turbojet engine
Thrust
2,268 kg (5000 lb) thrust
Length
9.37 m (30 ft 9 in)
Height
2.69 m (8 ft 10 in)
Wingspan
11.58 m (38 ft 0 in)
Weight
5,942kg (13,100 lb)
Max Speed
882 km/h (476 kt)
Ceiling
13,100 m (43,000ft )
Range
1,266 km (684 nm)

Description of Aircraft

Under UK Air Ministry specification E.6/41 design work on the Vampire began at the de Havilland works at Hatfield in mid-1942, two years after the Meteor. The DH.100 design called for a fuselage made from moulded ply-wood with wings made from metal. The maiden flight took place on 20 September 1943, only 6 months after the Meteor.

In 1946 approval was given for the purchase of an initial quantity of 50 Vampire aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Later the order for single seat aircraft was increased to 80 with 110 two seat training aircraft also purchased. The last single seat Vampire was delivered in August 1953 and the entire single seat Vampire fleet was retired from service in 1954.

The Vampire trainers served until replacement by the Aermacchi MB-326H aircraft and were gradually phased out from 1968, with the last sortie being flown in September 1970. Royal Australian Navy Vampire operations ceased the following year.

The first Australian made Vampire, A79-1 (on display), flew in June 1949. is one of the most significant aircraft in the Fighter World collection. It is an F.30 model and was the first jet aircraft built in Australia, being handed over to the RAAF on 26 September 1949.

In 1952 the aircraft was allocated to the newly established No 2 Operational Training Unit (2OTU now 2OCU), RAAF Williamtown where it was used to convert RAAF pilots to jet aircraft and train them for fighter operations. In 1961 the aircraft was transferred to the RAAF School of Technical Training (RSTT) RAAF Base Wagga Wagga, NSW, where it was used as ‘Instructional Airframe No 16’ and Rolls Royce Nene engine was used as ‘Instruction Engine No 23’ until February 1968 when the aircraft was transferred to Base Squadron, RAAF Williamtown where it was placed on display at the main entrance to the base. The aircraft was transferred to Fighter World in 1991 following the construction of the Fighter World main hangar.

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Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia, the mighty F-111C and the F/A-18A Hornet. Also on display is a World War 1 Sopwith Camel replica, WWII Spitfire replicas, a PC-9A(F) Foward Air Control aircraft, Winjeel trainer and much more.

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