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De Havilland DH-100 FB.52 Vampire
 
   

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United Kindom, strike fighter

De Havilland's test pilot, Geoffrey De Havilland Jr., carried out the first test flight of the Vampire on September 29, 1943. The first of the completed planes were delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1945.

In 1948, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence reached agreement with the De Havilland Aircraft Co. on the delivery of 4 Vampire F Mk. III's. Norway had entered the Jet Age. Over the next few years, a further 58 of these aircraft were purchased. The Vampire was the Airforce's most important fighter plane until, starting in 1952, a large number of F-84 Thunderjets were purchased. The Airforce used Vampires until 1955.

TECHNICAL DATA

LENGTH:

9,4 m

WINGSPAN:

11,6 m

HEIGHT:

2,7 m

MAX T/O WEIGHT:

5700 kg

MAX SPEED:

880 km/t

CEILING:

13700 m

RANGE:

2000 km

POWERPLANT:

Goblin 3, 1540 kilo S.t.

LOAD:

4 stk. 20 mm Hispano canons, 8 rockets or 2 stk. 250 kg bombs